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Mulch Beds

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kr_straight, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. kr_straight

    kr_straight LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    My question is what's the easiest way to make an edge for a mulch bed which is located in the clients yard. How should I remove the exsisting grass or should I leave the grass and put cloth down on top, and top it off with mulch.
    How much do you guys charge for edging and labor price for mulching. Thank You.
  2. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I am doing a very similar project right now, customer wants about 400 lin. ft. of Col-Met edging which I put up, sprayed the grass that was under it with roundup, then mulched.

    Right now I am up to 200 three cu ft bags of cypress mulch which is about 23 yards, charging her $6,000 for install + materials......
  3. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Since the Col-Met is $8 for an eight foot section I charge her $17.26 for the total amount of install work + material cost. So I am charging her $863 for buying and installing the edging. That only consists of tearing off the stakes and pounding them into the ground though. The black plastic, which you have to dig a trench for I charge $40 for every 20ft.

    Mulch is around $1000 so not bad doing so far....
  4. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Cut the edge with a spade shovel or edging machine
    Remove the grass from the bed,by skimming,or tiller,sod cutter,
    Never use a cloth
    Apply 3 inches of mulch to areas that have never had mulch

    Example 12 yards installed new bed never edged before

    Charge for edging by the ft. example 600'x 1.50 =900.00
    Charge for mulch by the yard installed 12yds x 65.00 = 780.00
    Charge for hauling 1 load x 65.00 = 65.00

    Total Job 1745.00
    A)the edging charge covers removal of the grass,from
    the edge only

    B)I charge .75 cents per ft for a bed that has been edged
    and kept up.

    Good Luck
  5. kr_straight

    kr_straight LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for the information
  6. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    coffee is on point
  7. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    coffeecraver sounds about the same as what I charge. I also charge $22 per hundred sq. ft. of sod I have to remove for new beds.

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