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bags of mulch

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 1999frontier, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I've got a customer that has bought 46 bags of mulch. I've got to go pick it up this afternoon so I don't know if it is 2cu-ft or 3cu-ft bags. I know a lot of you charge anywhere from $50-$75 a yard for bulk mulch. Do you still charge the same way or do you charge by the bag? If so how much would you say?
  2. nick-bigfootlawn

    nick-bigfootlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    Charge by the yard still,
    27 cu. ft = 1 yard,
    so 13.5 - 2 cu. ft baggs, or 9 2 cu. ft bags equal a yard.

    Just make sure you charge enough per yard for installation to make some good money, and tack on a delivery charge for picking them up.
  3. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    ok I just emailed her back and asked her if she got any pinestraw also. So here is what she actually got. 25 bales of pinestraw and 21 bags of mulch. How much would you guys charge for this? (Still don't know if they are 2 cu. ft or 3 cu. ft.)
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Well you need to find out what size the bags are.

    at 2 cubic foot/bag, that's 1.5 yards.

    at 3 cubic feet/bag, that's 2.3 yards, so there will be a little price difference there. I have no idea on pine straw, never done it and not familliar with the pricing.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,465

    Missing something.....customer bought the mulch already!
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I'm aware of that.

    Depending on the size of the bags, the price to install it is going to be different. Unless he is simply quoting the customer an hourly rate.
  7. Bigray

    Bigray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    yes the per yard price is the same whether its bagged or bulk.
    remember in this situation your selling your time, the customer had already elim. any profit on the markup for the mat'l.
  8. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    Ask them if they have receipts, tell him to get his money back and go buy in bulk......Bags suck to deal with in general
  9. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    They're nice if you have to go up hill. Just figure out how long it'll take you to install it. You should be able to drop 2 yards in an hour easy.
  10. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    ok they are the 2cu ft bags. Thats 1.55 yards of mulch. Since I'm just doing labor here is what I was thinking and tell me if I am too low or too high.

    25 bales of pinestraw- $2.5 per bale spread=$62.5
    1.55 yards of mulch- $30 per yard=$46.5

    Is this about right?

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