Installing bag mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by NBLL, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. NBLL

    NBLL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    How does everyone price installing mulch in bags. This is Grade "A" Cypress in 3 cu. ft. bags. :confused:
  2. MPhillips

    MPhillips LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Messages: 94

    small quantities, for a homeowner I double my cost...for the most part
  3. Nomoslowmow

    Nomoslowmow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I double the cost of the mulch to cover my time purchasing and delivering, etc. then I charge hourly for the installation. The number of bags a manhour varies depending if there are a lot of small plants to mulch around, long distance from the truck to where the beds are, etc.

    One guy should be able to put in (and clean up after!) 25 to 40 bags in an hour.

    One of those mini garden rakes with a 3 ft handle and about 8 inch wide head saves a lot of stooping while spreading mulch!


  4. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    bag mulch rate is as follows double the bag price an a hourly rate to lay !!!fargo mulch is my preference
  5. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    my first question would be why bagged? i prefer bulk but i would double my cost plus hourly rate to put out usually around 60.00 a yard
  6. vardener

    vardener LawnSite Member
    from MD 7
    Messages: 49

    Is it bagged because you can't get it in bulk?

    I charge $5 per bag for installation.
  7. MPhillips

    MPhillips LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Messages: 94

    Unless it's a new construction, I use bag mulch, or spray mulch, or pine straw. Bagged mulch provides a lot of flexibility...I can move it around to where it needs to be applied without using a skidsteer, I don't have to use any extra mulch, delivery can be more convenienient, and around here it's not that much more expensive, and the quality is a little more consistant.
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    2 - 2.5 times your cost, depending on how far to drive to get it, and how much you're putting down. Anything under 20 bags 2.5 times cost, over 20 bags 2 times cost.

    I like to use bagged mulgh for the small jobs too. It's nice not to have to break out the wheelbarrows.

  9. Landscape Mafia

    Landscape Mafia LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I get $60 per yd to install bagged mulch. 27 cubic ft to yd, usually
    2cu. yd bags. one man should lay with clean-up 3 to 4 yds depend
    ing on location to be mulched. I usually pay $1.67 per bag for no float cypress mulch or pine mulch
  10. MD Land Management

    MD Land Management LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    WHY?? I havent used bagged mulch since my early years back in 96 before i had my dump truck and dump trailers. I usually Charge 75.00 per yard for bulk and 90.00 for bagged thats with minimal clean-up weeding, etc is extra all of my customers have never been happier. Great tip to keep maintance low spray round-up once a month along the perimeter of your flower beds. This will also cut down on your trimming time with the weedwackers. Good Luck With Mulching.

    MD Landscape Management
    Cherry Hill, NJ

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