mulch advice

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by redskinsfan34, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Hey guys. I'm in Michigan and got a call for my first larger mulch job. Large to me is more than 1 yard. I need some advice on pricing. I'll be picking up and delivering the mulch myself. Average price around here is $30/yard. Any advice appreciated.
  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    Well you have 2 options. Pick it up at a bulk supplier or have the supplier deliver it.

    If your f250 is not a dumptruck, then you may want to buy a "Loadhandler", they work well. Otherwise, just shovel it out of your truck into a wheelbarrow(s).

    If you have the supplier deliver the mulch, I suggest having it dumped on the asphalt. Bring a large plastic shovel, or a pitchfork. Shovel from driveway into wheelbarrow(s).

    Bring rakes, I use both a garden rake and a leaf rake. Bring your blower to clean up.
  3. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    The mulch around here is about the same. I bought 4 yards today for a job @ about $28/yd for shredded hardwood mulch. Drove to the supplier, have him load on my trailer, then drive to the customer. I charge for the mulch, a delivery cost to cover fuel, time, etc., and an unload cost. It took about 1.5 to 2 hrs to unload via 2 wheelbarrows and put into the flower beds. I got $400 for the job with $112 material cost and a couple of hours cleaning the beds. Hope this helps!

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