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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JTLAWN, Oct 26, 2005.


    JTLAWN LawnSite Member
    Male, from leesburg, Va
    Messages: 15

    Let me know what you think!!!

    Spread 80 yds of mulch--$4240.00
    Trim 115 little holly's--$600.00
    Aerate, seed, and fertilize 120k sq/ft---$2420.00
    Extend a gutter drain underground 12ft---$150.00
    Edge mulch beds(take approx. 5 hours)---$600.00
    Total Job: $8,010.00
  2. Rich's LS

    Rich's LS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    How much are you paying for mulch up there???? The mulch seems kind of high...
  3. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 310

    Except for the holly, the prices seem pretty high to me.
    $53 per cubic yard for mulch in those quantities? This got to be some super quality...also, $150 for just 12 feet of gutter drain? Use the right machine and that takes 20 mins or less (assuming you don't have to cross pavement/concrete)

  4. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I think you are going to be rich!

    W/o seeing the job, it is impossible to say. What are you trying to get per man hour? I hope nobody else is bidding or you have one hell of a reputation.
  5. jimmdenver

    jimmdenver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    That's it! I'm moving to Virginia. Ever hear about the guy in Hawaii that charges $300 per yard of spread mulch or the landscaper in Malibu who charges $200 to cut a half acre?
  6. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    Everybody that answered is in a totally different part of the country than you are. So you need to find out what the going rates are in your part of town, is that rate going to cover all of YOUR operating expenses or is it way out of line. You have two years in the business, right? Ask yourself if you really have the means to do all that work efficiently at a profit, if you do then do a basic cost analysis. When I first started in the business I would give very high estimates do to the fact it was going to take me much longer to do the job than someone who had all the means. Ok, all that said your prices seem a bit on the high end in my neck of the woods and I get a good penny for work :D .

    Hope this helps,
    O'Donnell Landscape Design
  7. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Around SE Tennessee mulch goes for about $25 cu. yd. retail, and $11 - $13 wholesale. On large jobs, say over 15 yds., I quote $35/yd. installed --- delivery is billed extra. For 80 yds. at my rate, you would have a gross profit of over $1,700. That would give you enough to rent a Bobcat and hire 3-4 workers for 8 hours. You will net over $1,000 on this part.

    Trimming the hollies, I would charge $4 each.

    To renovate (seed, fert, aerate) you are very low. When I over seed, I use 5# - 7# of seed/1000, so figure 5#'s. Starter fert is cheap @ $13/bag. But to spread the fert, then make another application of seed, you will be there a long time. I would want a minimum of $12.50 per/1000 for the fert app. and $12.50/1000 for the seed app. Remember, this is in addition to the cost of the seed. For aeration, I wouldn't do it for less then $25/1000.

    If you get the job, I suggest that you rent the biggest and baddest spreader you can find, along with the biggest and baddest aerator. You might even need a tractor to pull a big aerator, but you will have money to rent it and it will surely save you lots of time.

    The bed edging price seems good.
  8. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997


    Fert App. = $12.50/ACRE

    Seed App. = $12.50/ACRE

    Aeration = #25.00/ACRE
  9. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Well here is the second correction:

    I didn't read the seeding job size correctly. I thought it said 120 acres.... my bad.
  10. JTLAWN

    JTLAWN LawnSite Member
    Male, from leesburg, Va
    Messages: 15

    Thanks to all who responded! I ended up getting the job today and the same prices listed above. I work in a highly rich and growing area and these prices are cheap to some! thanks again

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