Mulch Coloring

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mgoblue, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. mgoblue

    mgoblue LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Wanted to share a success (profit) story from this year. Was tired of the all the employee issues and equipment breakdowns. Decided to try putting a couple guys on mulch re-coloring. Landed one project that was nearly 200,000 sqft and the colorant (Hippie Mulch) cost was around $0.01 per sqft. Was my most profitable single job ever! We did some promotion of it this year, but going to use the winter to really push this. The colorant seemed to last the whole season and I really liked how simple the whole process was.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Can you elaborate more on your process, equipment, material cost and supplier etc.
  3. mgoblue

    mgoblue LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Here is a link to manufacturer instructions, but what we found that worked great was a battery powered 5 gallon backpack sprayer. Solo has one that runs about $350 and worked fantastic. We also had another sprayer filled with water, one employee wet the rocks, and edging prior to our spraying, then came back after spraying the color and washed down any color that got on those items.

    The material cost was about a penny per sqft and we had a crew of three there for only two days to complete the job. We use $30 per man hour to figure our labor so we had less than $2,000 in labor and $2,000 in material cost (you can buy Hippy Mulch online at their website). We charged $10,000, and were the only company that bid a recoloring, were told that everyone else was bidding double our price so they decided to try us.

    We also bought a couple $30 hand garden tillers to roll the mulch. We sprayed everything once, tilled the mulch, and re-sprayed.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Interesting please let us know how well the color holds up especially in the sun
  5. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Is hippie mulch your company?
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Funny. That was brought up elsewhere today.
  7. Andy31

    Andy31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Any pics? 200,000sq'
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,250

    I did this recently on a property with some mulch dye I got from JDL went on easy and fast. I did rake the beds between coats. There were only 2 downfalls, clogged my sprayer and had brown mulch dye all over me.
  9. dutchacres

    dutchacres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    I have done this process twice with mixed results. I am thinking I may pitch this idea to an apartment complex this week to save them some money and maybe get me in the door for the rest of the maintenance.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Wow, Man! You know, like I have a VW van I could paint some flowers on go around doing this.

    But really, interesting idea and thanks for sharing. There are times when customers are just wanting fresh color and just turning the mulch doesn't bring it "back to life" enough.

    I really do have a VW van though, lol.

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