is this mulch price crazy am I crazy or

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by fl-landscapes, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    ok, I did an estimate today for a commercial mulch job. I have the inside track on the bid as I coach the customers son in little league. She told me as long as I was inline the job was mine. I am gonna wait to see what you guys would bid (if you care to share that info) then Ill tell you what I bid and what they paid last time. Specs, easy access, red cypress mulch, 10,170 sq ft. I figured it at between 1.5 and 2" deep for a total of 56 yards of mulch. Price includes cleaning debris out of beds prior, and there was a lot of trash. I'll admit I am never the cheapest bid on anything I do but holy crap the previous bid was low!!! So whats your round about gestimate to spread 56 yards red cypress mulch? Bottom line I didnt even bother haggling, told her thanks for the opportunity but I cant compete with people working for beer money.
  2. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    Whats the access like, how many plants are in the beds, flat or burmed, can you back a dump trailer up to the beds or do you have to wheel barrow, how far is the job from your supplier ?
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    beds are big though so you would have to wheel barrow or lump bags, but its a fairly easy job as far as accessibility. plants are rows of sweet viburnum and juniper. From supplier, about 8 miles.
  4. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    $4,500 plus $1 for every 5 feet of edging. Plus maybe another $50-100 depending on how much trash there is to pick out. Thats about the going rate in my area at least
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    keep em coming.....want some local stuff to compare.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    My labor rate would be $3900 for just the labor, i charge $70 per yard installed, that includes edging, and cleaning out the beds. and whatever else the mulch costs. i can get red mulch around me for give or take 40 per yard. so i would be looking at roughly $2200 in material+$3900 for labor so like $6100 out the door.
  7. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I'd be around $1300 for the mulch and $3200 for the labor.
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    hey z if your not comfortable (or if anyone is uncomfortable) putting prices on the open forum PM me and Ill give you my price and the winning bid. I am posting those numbers here anyway when I get back from my sons baseball game.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    We charge between 55-60 a yard installed, thats the going rate in my area, would love to get $70. I get my mulch cheap though dbl ground, quality stuff.
  10. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I would be in the same ball park as that is roughly the going rate here to.

    For that volume I would sub it out to the mulch company who would come blow it in and delivery it for $34 a yard. Which includes blowing, delivery, and light trash pick up.

    Customer pays let say the low end $55. I am still making $21 a yard and doing nothing but picking up the trash. I walk away with $1115 at 56 yards for picking up trash and a little trimming. Not a bad gig...but I got a feeling the other bid was much lower?

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