How much do you charge for mulch per hour?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by LawnMowerKing10, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    damn, this is pretty simple...the OP asked what most charge to lay mulch per hour...most answers, which doesn't surprise me, were we don't charge an hourly rate to lay mulch, it is simply by the yard...around here mulch is installed for around $65-$80 per yard and most landscaping per hour is $35-$50...i would consider laying mulch landscaping, and obviously you would add the cost of the mulch on top of the hourly this answers the question whichever way you look at it

    i agree on charging per yard, not by the hour
  2. funi

    funi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Mulch is a *****. Make your money$$$$. We get 60.00 a yard and pay $25.00 and thats an easy install. If we have to wheel barrow mulch for any distance or up hills it goes up to 65.00 to 70 per yard. Most customers want beds edged also. Charge for that. People hire us because they dont want to do it. By the time a home owner pays $38 bucks retail a yard and has it delivered they are up to roughly $48.00. You know joe homeowner is going to go buy a new rake and gloves and wheel barrow to do the job also. Now hes up to $58.00 a yard roughly. And buy the time he buys all the Ben Gay because his back is killing him, your worth your asking price. I wouldn't give it away by doing it hourly. I also remind the customer how much work it is and how much the retail price is while talking with them.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Never been a fan on the 'per yard installed' pricing. We can maybe do this with a tree install job for example (per tree installed,) but never mulch.

    No two mulch jobs are EVER the same. And then there's black, brown, cedar, pine straw, cyprus..... I would hate to use a blanket formula for mulch without truly figuring the labor required for each different job and it's challenges. I take into account all job logistics when figuring labor.

    We always price


    And when you have a 4 man crew on a mulch job all day, the "price per yard" doesn't mesh with labor/material pricing bundles.
  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    I suspect you're losing money by charging by the hour instead of by the yard.
  5. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    You know my hourly prices for a crew? And my wholesale bulk mulch mark-ups?
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,745

    there really is no difference either way guys. labor and materials seperate is or should be equal to the flat rate of per yard if figured correctly for each job. it doesn't have to be the same flat rate for every job. it can change based on what materials are being used, how many people working, and so forth.
  7. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 255

    I used charge by the yard and got schooled, now we are time and material and has worked out great, we are on the path to go over last year on mulch use already.
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    usually $70-$100 / yard + delivery fee. if your mulch is close to the flower bed you could do 2+ yards / hour.
  9. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    I am confused I have been landscaping for 16 years...i can spend as much time on prep work as the mulching....edging beds, weeds out etc...
  10. TheOakGroveGardeners

    TheOakGroveGardeners LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    i charge the same price i would charge for anything else. there's an hourly rate for the crew, an hourly rate for the crew's equipment, and an hourly rate for the operator and truck that delivers the mulch. Then, there's O&P on top of that. This question can't really be answered unless you know what you need to charge to cover your costs and earn a profit.

    sorry to be a buzzkill.

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