Help Bidding Mulch Job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by heybruck34, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Simple question for an easy job-Just want to make sure my pricing is in line.

    Lady down the street from my house asked me to Roundup the weeds in her beds and spread some mulch. I usually just cut her grass.

    One cubic yard of mulch in my Ranger pick-up should suffice- $25 bucks at the local nursery.

    What's the going rate for this job I figure it'll take me between 1-2 hours.

    And yes- I am licensed here in NC to apply herbicides.

  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    What kind of mulch are you spreading, why are you paying $25/yard? Here in Raleigh I only pay $10 for tripple shread mulch at the Mulch Masters, but you may be using a different type of much that cost a lot more. Also, 1-2 hours seems like a little much to spread 1 yard of mulch and spray the weeds, but if your time estimate is correct my price would be: $50 per hour, plus $25 for the mulch, plus another $25 for the spray. So somewhere between $100 and $150 if it takes you 2 hours.
  3. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    i charge $75 a yard up to five yards of mulch. I charge $70 a yard for anything over 5 yards. I am paying $30 for a yard of mulch.

  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Basically about the same as ECM said. I would double the cost of the mulch to the customer and thus include the spraying for "free or included in the hourly rate or mulch rate" to them and then charge between $40-$55 per hour depending on the difficulty.
  5. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    thanks guys! the rate I quoted her was 45 an hour plus the mulch.

    I bought Cypress Mulch and it is real close to the neighborhood. Convienience=higher price.

    Time 1-2 hours I think is about right. I'll be wheel-barrowing it from my truck around the yard. Haven't acquired enough power toys yet. Working on that.

    Thanks again fellas.
  6. americanlawn123

    americanlawn123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Man you guys are getting it in the @ss with no reacharound. 25-30 a yard for mulch?!? I pay 10-12 depending on the type and I charge 45 an hour to pull/spray weeds, install mulch.
  7. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    If the bed needs an edge I charge 1.50 a ft. for edgeing

    I pay a contractor price for mulch, and charge $55 a yard installed

    50.00 min to spray anything
  8. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I charge $65 a yd for mulch, paying $20 contractor price. My total price for your job $65+$25 round-up $90..Let's just round that on up to $100....This would go up a little if I have to pull up any of the weeds...

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