Everyones mulch price

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jbailey52, May 1, 2006.

  1. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,091

    I was wondering what everyone charges for Mulch. I know basically every job has different cleanup needs and hard places where the mulch basically is installed. But to say the mulch costs you $25 a yard picked up, what do you charge for install and normal cutting the edges and thats about it?
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    usually about $75.00/yard.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It varies a lot, depends on kind of mulch and what you want and how:

    The cheapest mulch which is standard double-shredded I deliver and spread for 45 a cube but the price only drops to that for 4 cubes or more: 1 cube is 55, 2 is 100, 3 is 145 and 4 is 175 while 5 is 220.

    If you want premium double-shredded, that's 55 a cube and not to go through it again, 5 cubes = 275 delivered and spread.

    If you want designer mulch, that's 65 a cube, 5 cubes = 330 d + s.
    Why designer? Because it doesn't fade, I give a 60-day Guarantee of NO color fade or I do it over. Some folks let designer go for 2-3 years before replacing it, spending the money on the high grade can be the cheapest option for some.

    All of the above is rake-spread prices, I have a lot of experience and usually spread mulch with a rake about 1-2 inches thick... Most of the time I get at least twice the coverage out of a cube as the new guy but it doesn't take them long to catch on.

    If I hand-spread, I can spread it so thin it is almost as good as a blower truck and I get twice the coverage than rake spreading but it takes twice as long:
    Hand-spreading I will only do for designer mulch due to the pita of the job, it runs 80 dollars a cube minimum, but at twice the area covered it is actually the cheapest of all of the above, and still comes with a 60-day NO color fade guarantee.
  4. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    $80.00 per cubic yard installed.
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,574

    $55-$65 per cubic yard. edging runs the price of the edger rental and a minimum of 1 hour of labor ($40)
  6. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    $75 a yard installed.. Edging $0.85 a ft.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    $40 per yd, and, i send a fruit basket w/ a thank u note
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Double shredded chocolate dyed costs us $26 a yard, sure we could find cheaper stuff elsewhere, but come on, let's face it, that stuff looks like crap.
    We charge $95.00 installed, always have, and infact was considering raising our price this year, but we stuck with the $95. I see prices way so low on here, i can't believe it. It is just not WORTH it to be lower, by the time you go get the mulch (i'm talking for 3 yards or less), return to the jobsite, wheelbarrow it over to the beds, lay it down, it chews up time. We get $95 installed with no problem, customers don't even bat an eye. Bed edging is additional charge.
  9. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    wow 95 per is good money. I normally get 70 per yard and pay 15/ yard delivered. I just has a vp of a restaurant blow up on me over 70 bucks per yard.
  10. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    Labor for install of mulch depends how much crap is in the beds. Over planted mess I usually say thanks but no thanks. We try to do the easy ones and let the rest go. Labor only 50 -65 a yard and once you get over 60 ppl around here tell you to get the F!!!!!! off their property. I wish we could get more but everybody with a wheelbarrow around here spreads mulch for 20-25 bucks a yard.

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