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First Big Mulch Install

Expert Lawns

LawnSite Silver Member
I gave a customer a bid for 20 yards of mulch. I will be picking up, delivering, and installing it all myself. Maybe with a helper... I quoted her a total price of $1200. Does this sound close to what you guys charge? It is my first large mulch install, usually I only do a few yards at a time. What do you think? The mulch is $25-27 a yard. Thanks
 

cklands

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
MA
I would be around 1200-1500 depending on how far you have to haul the mulch from the truck.
 

charlies

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
earth
i would charge more if i were you. ESPECIALLY with those ridiculous mulch prices. is it 24k gold plated mulch? for plain ole 15$ a yard mulch, we would charge more than 1500$. (and we would have the local yard deliver it for $20).
 
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Expert Lawns

Expert Lawns

LawnSite Silver Member
I may have the yard deliver it. My truck and trailer combined can haul about 6 yards. That leaves me with over 3 trips. I think having them deliver it would be a good time (and money) saver. How many yards can those huge dump trucks hold that they usually deliver the mulch in?
 

dart2cut

LawnSite Member
OK, new to the mulch, pine straw and other bed coverings, what is the best way to figure out how much it will take? Did a pine job the other day and only needed 13 bails and got 15, don't want to short change my self next time. Is mulch about the same in covering as pine starw? How far will a yard go in a bed and how thick?
 
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Expert Lawns

Expert Lawns

LawnSite Silver Member
find out how big the area is. if memory serves me, i belive it's length x width x height (thickness of mulch) then divide that by 27. I said I THINK that is the formula. Anyone know if that is accurate?
 

LawnScapers of Dayton

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Dayton, OH
L (in feet) x W(in feet) x .25 (for 3 inch deep mulch) ....then divide by 27....

Derek
 


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