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Installing stone instead of mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by The mayor, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    All these years in the business and now someone wants me to install stone instead of mulch. So the question is what do you charge.
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    What kind of stone?

    Around here #3 River Gravel is about $5 cheaper than double ground mulch. However lava rock is about $190 per ton.

    Just charge the same at mulch, with the price adjusted for the price of stone.

    Some river gravel tips:
    1. Don't overload the wheelbarrow or you won't be able to pick it up. :laugh:
    2. Don't dump the gravel on plants like you can with mulch. :laugh:
    3. Did I mention don't overload the wheelbarrow?
    4. Cut the same edge as you would for mulch.
    5. Don't overload the wheelbarrow.
    6. I usually use fabric with river gravel, although I never use it with mulch.
    7. Take a hose and rinse all the mud and dirt off the rock when you're done.
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    You simply charge them what you need to charge them.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    i charge more for stone than i do for mulch just because it takes alot more time to do the job( cant put as much in wheelbarrel, and cant haul as much on truck)
  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i agree 100% charge AT LEAST 25% more for stone.
  6. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Stone takes more than double the amount of time mulch does,and it is much harder labor.

    The labor rates should reflect that.
  7. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    For a three man crew the labor rate would be $180.00 per hour for stone installation plus the cost of stone and delivery.
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,612

    Just today we did 11 yards of crushed stone, and 3 yards of loam with 3 men. There was about 2 hrs of prep, and 6 hours to install the material. It took 8 hours for everything. But we were able to dump directly from the truck and just rake it level, no wheelbarrowing.

    I can carry 3+ yards of mulch in my Chevy 2500. I learned that I can only carry about 1.5 yards of stone or dirt...so there was a lot more driving than expected. I didn't charge enough today. Live and learn.
  9. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Are you talking 8 hours for 3 guys or 24 man hours?

    Sometimes I like working with stone better then mulch.

    As for hauling this is where I like my dump trailer.

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  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    its the same... 24 man hrs is 3 men 8 hrs.

    3 men@180x8=1440
    1 man@60x24=1440

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