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How to bid out a mulch job?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by customcurbdesigns, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. customcurbdesigns

    customcurbdesigns LawnSite Member
    from Tampa
    Messages: 203

    I am in the concrete curb business and am doing a job for a customer tomorrow. He also wants it all mulched. Just mulch over the existing mulch.

    What is the best way to bid this out?

    I get mulch by the yard for 28.00 for the pine bark. How much area does this cover and what you guys charge for labor and the mulch? Thanks

  2. capetrees

    capetrees LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 221

    Hourly rate, $40 hr. How far will a yard go? Simple math will say 1 yard will cover 160 sq ft 2" thick. 160 sq ft x 2" (.17) deep = 27 cu ft.
  3. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

  4. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    If you are buying in bulk, you should be able to find pine nuggets all around Tampa for no more than $20/yd. That is too high. Shoot for bagged mulch I pay $25.52 and it is sooooo much easier to deal with than bulk mulch and the nursery loads it on the trailer for you.

    As far as pricing, I double the price so it basically comes out to $50.00 a yard installed.
  5. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Materials x three is normally a good way to bid it. So say its $100.00 for mulch, charge them $300.00 to install it.
  6. TheLandyman

    TheLandyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    i bid my mulch jobs for roughly $65/ yard, i pay about $19.50 per yard and i run myself and another guy at $10/ hour. so i charge $45/ hour in total labor. hope that helps

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    We charge approx. $80 a yard installed w/a machined edge around all beds.
  8. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    I charge $75/yd installed for pine which costs me $24.50/yd. and I can easily do 3 yards in an hour by myself.
  9. customcurbdesigns

    customcurbdesigns LawnSite Member
    from Tampa
    Messages: 203

    Thanks alot guys. I found the mulch for 21.00 per yard.

    I am going to bid the job this today.

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