Can't land a big job to save my life!!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by wherebluegrassgrows, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. wherebluegrassgrows

    wherebluegrassgrows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I've bid on big mulch jobs out the yang and can't get a one. Current bid will be for 7026 sq ft of beds to be mulched. Could someone let me know if 65 yards sounds right? I can't figure out for the life of me what I'm doing wrong.
    The mulch runs me 18.33 per yard. I figured on somewhere between 35 and 40 per yard installed. Does this sound right?
  2. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    65 yards will give you 3" of mulch. I'd charge about $3,600 for that if not much prep.
  3. wherebluegrassgrows

    wherebluegrassgrows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Thanks Polecat. I figured around 3200.00 maybe I've been bidding too low.
  4. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

    Are you communicating to the customer exactly how many yards of mulch at 3in. The low bidders might not be.
  5. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 334

    I'm not sure about your area but I get between 55-65 installed!
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    If you are just topdressing, you don't need 3 inches of mulch. 1-2 at the most. Maybe that's why you aren't getting the jobs- everyone else is/will be using less mulch?

  7. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    Exactly my thoughts.. too much mulch! Try bid at 50yds
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    i also agree with dan

    only on new applications do we price it thick.
    on refresh jobs 1-2 inches is all you need.
  9. Braxton

    Braxton LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 81

    Going rate here is 3-4 X cost installed, which translates to somewhere between $75-$100. That's based on info from other LCO's, though. It's my first year. I underbid my first job by about half, then found out this info. I'd say I left $500-$700 on the table. Oh well, live and learn.

  10. wherebluegrassgrows

    wherebluegrassgrows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Thanks for all the info . These beds have never been mulched before so it is a new install and will need 3". I talked to the guy managing the property and though he wouldn't't tell me what exactly the competition bid he did say there was only pocket change difference in our pricing.
    Thanks again.

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