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Mulch Help ASAP

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by kemmer, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    Ok mulch job, i used to charge $60/yrd but id only make $20 on each yd.

    25 bags @ 4.65 = 123.23 in. tax
    Should i double the cost of the mulch?

    It took 2 hrs with 2 men, so thats 4 man hours. I charge 40/hr.

    123.23 x 2=246.46 (mulch)
    + 160.00 (man hrs)
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    Errrrr,, Whats bag mulch?? ;)

    Find a bulk supplier, I pay $10 per yard for twice ground hardwood mulch.

  3. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    it was hemlock, i like bagged better, plus i dont have a dump so its harder to transport
  4. Bret's Lawn Care

    Bret's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    if you buy in bulk and charge them for bag you will make more $ and if you recieve contractor prices you'll get even more $
  5. Bret's Lawn Care

    Bret's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    yeah thats a ok price alittle cheap but ok
  6. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    well i already did it, so i need to finalize the bill
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well hell I got a 6x12 with some sides that don't dump but I get them to load 4 cu. yards with the bucket loader on that, and then it's wheel-barrow + 10-tine pitchfork to unload / dump + stiff garden rake to spread. Hell yeah ain't you ever heard hand-spread is beautiful :)
    Just get in there, get dirty and bust tail until you drip SWEAT at a rate of 1 drop of sweat every second. It helps to wear a sports MP3 player with the Koss earbuds and play some erotica techno at high volume: Btw, when you work so hard that the player skips, you need to slow down a bit. Only thing you gotta do is monitor yourself as the exertion makes me dizzy as hell, lol, so when the edges of my vision start to darken, time to pace it a bit
    and you can stay right there for hours, man, talk about a KICK-BUTT work-out, you wouldn't believe the gain in muscle tone.
    Once I get going I average 2 cu. yards / hour, and man, $45/yard will put your 60/yard out of business fast plus I earn 33.50/yard as I pay 11.50 / yard for double-shredded fiber...Fiber is decent mulch, not as good as $10 for premium as the other guy, but then I have no minimum yards/order and people who want between 1 to 12 yards is what I service and I prefer orders of 4 cu.yards or less.
    See, everybody wins: The BIG guys have their 5 or 7 cu.yard minimums and we stay out of each other's hair - It is NOT my intention to compete with them, when I have orders in excess of 15 cu.yds, I refer them to the blower truck guys because it's cheaper and better (plus I ain't in no mood for all that).
    See, I like to do mulch right quick - wham bam, knock it out, then take a break while I go get the WB and off to cut grass. I can do an easy trailer in 1/2 day and at 45/yard, 1 yard is 50, 2 is 90, 3 is 135, 4 yards is 175.
    Fair and square.

    If I want to get rude: 1 trailer in the morning + 1 in the afternoon = 350 gross, solo.

    sheeeee-at, lol
  8. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    $45 a yard? Sounds like a lowball price. Why charge $45 when you can easily get $65. The more I see you post on here, the more I question your business ethics.

    Where do you buy mulch around here for $10 a cubic yard? I buy the double shredded choclate chip, and it runs me $16 a cubic yard.

    I still want to see your yellow pages ad. What was your business name again?
  9. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    You are paying WAY too much for your mulch. In my area nobody would pay you $400 dollars to install 2 yards of mulch. You need to start, by finding a cheaper supplier cause it is killing your profits and inflating your price. I can get any kind of shredded mulch for $30/yd or less.
  10. wayne volz

    wayne volz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Are you talking about bagged Cedar or Cypress? Or are you talking about some type of Hardwood mulch. If you are getting over $400.00 for 2.8 yards of Hardwood mulch you go boy, our market would never take it. On the other hand, we can get about $10 - $12 per bag laid for the premium bagged material plus any additional edging or bed work.

    I am not suggesting that you are high or low, but that is my two cents worth on the subject :waving: .

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