Estimating Mulch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by curber, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. curber

    curber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    How do you estimate areas for mulch that already have ground covering plants?

  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,592

    In situations like that we estimate the number of bags and charge like $6 per bag. Then if it takes more it isn't too bad to adjust with customer.
  3. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    that's a tough question to answer! I do most of my mulch jobs on just looking at the area to be done, and I can make a pretty accurate guess. How well covered is the area? If its minimally covered just use the normal formula L x W x (inches/12) . if its heavally covered, take a guess less than the amount figured with the formula.
  4. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    With experience you will be able to eyeball most places and come up with a close figure--but in a pinch we calculate one yard per 100 sq feet if it's not naked ground--one yard per 75 sq ft if naked--it's not scientific but it's usually real close. We try putting teh customer 'in teh ballpark" but charge for actual amount used--even with management companies and rarely have any problems. At 65.00 per yard installed a little difference on way or another is insignificant.

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