Bid request Large pine bark nuggets/edge bids..need help!!


LawnSite Member
I just left a customer that requested I "refresh" their beds with large pine bark nuggets, and edge all the beds. I spent about 15 minutes taking measurements, etc.

Here's the specs:
All beds (approx. 20, various shapes & sizes) = 2000ft sq.
I'd like to fill beds to 2-3inch depth
Large pine bark nugget (approx) $19 cubic yd
Home Depot rental for bed edger $70/day

Here's were I need help. I'm a solo operation with no experience using a bed edger, but I think with anything if I assume 4 hrs. it will probably take closer to 8hr.
1) Am I right in assuming I'll need about 16 cubic yds of mulch?
2) How long should I expect to spend on the job?
3) Will I need any additional tools besides this edger, wheel barrel, and a strong back?
4) Should I just give them a bid of $xxxx for "y" service? or should I detail the specifics of the bid?

I'm leaning towards $750......honestly am I even in the right ball park? I don't want to leave money on the table, or the flip side I'd hate to run them away. I guess the good news is they approached me. I provide weekly service to their next door neighbor.

I'd really like to hear what you guys think. Especially and lessons learned...or bits of advice to make sure I leave those beds in tip top shape!!!!


matthew horner

LawnSite Senior Member
Sanford, NC
once you get the hang of the bed edger, you'll go fast. Bark nuggets are light weight, so they will go fast also. Don't attempt this job solo assuming you'll get it done in less than a day, even though (depending on cubic yards of mulch) you probrably can. Price it at at least a days work.

Use one of the mulch calculators online, do a search on lawnsite, they are everywhere.

This is just what I'd do.

Let me know and I'll come help you:p

Green Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Here's what I do here up to 2yards mulch including bed edging for 180-225 depending on mulch.

Another thing becareful with the bededger for underground utilities.


LawnSite Senior Member
The bed edger will save alot of time. You can rent them at Hauser rental for about $50 for 4 hours. Do watch out for those underground utilites.
The pine bark I just double the cost that the home owner would get it for, not my cost. I would figure at least a days work like Matthew said.
I get pine bark for $20 a yard at Stultz Landscape Supplies in Kernersville. I don't recall if landscapers get a discount on it or not. So 16 yards x 20= 320 320x2= 640 Then add in for the edging. I just guess a good number but some say .70 to 1.00 a foot.
I always carry a blower and rake for any clean up when I'm done.
I would just give a total price but listing what will be done.