# How Much?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bucmaster, Sep 17, 2003.

1. ### bucmasterLawnSite Memberfrom Roanoke,VaMessages: 37

I have a customer that has beds that he wants brick chips put in.

The total footage is 1236 sq ft or 138 sq yards.
I know there is so type of formula to use but it has been a long time and I am a bit rusty. Can someone get me in the ball part here.

I come up with about 50 cubic yards. Thats got a 10% fudge factor in there.

Am I close? Is this an amount that I should have brought in on a dump or should and can I haul this much economically on a F250,

Thanks

2. ### Mikes Lawn LandscapeLawnSite Senior Memberfrom TexasMessages: 458

1" Deep = 4 yards
2" Deep = 8 Yards
3" Deep = 12 yards
4" Deep = 16 yards

50 yards will do the area about 12" deep

I tink you over estimated just a bit

3. ### bucmasterLawnSite Memberfrom Roanoke,VaMessages: 37

how are you figuring this mike? not doubting you but what method of caculation are you using?

4. ### GLANBannedfrom Long Island, New YorkMessages: 1,647

http://www.gardenplace.com/content/calculator/mulch_calc.html#

For any product. You can charge 2 - 3X your cost including the labor. Can charge a bit more if the job has obsticles and distance to move the product. Price the job so that it is worth if for you.

And yes, quantity discounts do apply.

Wood Mulch costing you \$20 a yard. Charge 3x, large quantity can go as low as 2x

Gravel costing you \$80 a yard. Charge 2x

Above is just an example

5. ### Mikes Lawn LandscapeLawnSite Senior Memberfrom TexasMessages: 458

Bucmaster,

I use the 80 sq ft per yard at 4" deep rule then from there I can calculate in my head.

I look real funny talking to myself going "lets see 80 at 4 160 at 2 1200 divided by 160 no 160 x 10 = 1600 minus - 320 = 1280 thats two yards - 10 = 8 yards ah hell sell um 10 I'll make more money"

You get the drift Just remember 80 sq ft at 4" and you can calculate any amount from there.

Thanks Mike