mulch help

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by aference1, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. aference1

    aference1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    How much should I charge to lay 12 cubic yards of mulch? I pay 23 dollars per yard. I will have it deliverd. some people say mark it up 1.5 x. What should I do?
  2. tom's lawn care

    tom's lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I usually charge 65.00-70.00 per yard. This covers the mulch costs, and the labor for laying the mulch. NOTE: This price deosn't include edging or any bush trimming.
    So a total for mulch: 780.00 - 840.00/ some guys like to charge close to 100.00 per yard, but it just depends what a pain in the a** it is going to be.
  3. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    If you charge 1.5 x your cost for installing it and everything, I would say I want to sub you out for myself. When can you move to Charlotte, I'll give you work all year!!! You will make 11.50 a yard is what you will make then, so 11.5 x 12 = 138. Your profit is 138 for installing 14 yards of mulch!! Mulch is one of those things that should make you more than mowing. That is back breaking work. Don't screw yourself like that.You need to make at LEAST 300-400 bucks off this much labor.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I'd charge, give or take, 1000 around here
  5. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    That's more like it. You're running a business, not a slave camp.
  6. AbbottCon.

    AbbottCon. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    i charge about 45 a yard the mulch so im making money there and then i try to figure out the time and get 50 a man hour for my guys. minded that we do doing all commercials and in alot of cases blowing it in at a high volume you could never get 100 a yard. (most times 80-100) yards a property
  7. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    What do the beds look like? Do you have to do a lot of weeding? Edging? Are you going to trim the bushes? Remove leaves? What are the tipping fees at the landfill? Do you have any steep inclines to navigate? Without answers to these questions it is impossible to answer.

    For the mulch alone I take what I paid (including the tax and delivery) and add 50%.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    if your just spreading it you could charge by the hour
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    Around here, it is easy to get $75/yd installed, but we pay $28 to $32 for mulch. Edging, cleanout, and weeding is extra.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I charge extra and seperate for all the work listed above. Hills and distance from the truck plus how open or full the beds are should be a factor as well.

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