mulch/ how do you figure out cubic yard

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by brianslawncare, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. brianslawncare

    brianslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    when measuring for mulch how do you find the cubic yard? im not sure if it lengthx width x depth of mulch? also how much do you charge per yard deliverd and installed? thank you :weightlifter:
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Brian, check here for mulch calculators and you need to figure out your price. Take the material cost, the labor or amount of time it's going to take to install it, with or without weeding and edging, your overhead and % of profit you wish or need to make. Mulch per yard installations around the country will vary by region and materials, but most will be between $45-$90 a yard. $65 seems to be very popular, but delivery and production costs can vary.

  3. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    lenthxwidthxdepth divided by 27 3'x3'x3' is 1cubic yard.
  4. casco73

    casco73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    i charge $65 a yard installed for premium bark mulch and $70 a yard for premium black dyed mulch because of the price dif. as for delivery if you have a local nursery or mulch dealer find out how much they charge and charge the same or a little less I get mulch at a discount so my installation price includes delivery.:walking: :walking:
  5. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    i try to get $100 a yard installed and spade edged
  6. casco73

    casco73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    wow that the highest yard price i've seen. but then again I'm charge for edging and weeding seperatly.
  7. bobbyg18

    bobbyg18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    a good rule of thumb is 1 yard of material covers 100 sq. ft. @ a 3" depth
  8. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    i never tell the customer that. they call me, and i give them an estimate. usually the beds need weeding and edging, sometimes if it's all retaining walls i charge less because it is just dump and spread. I usually never have problems just give them a price. most dont even ask how much they will need.
  9. casco73

    casco73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I can understand that give them your price and unless they ask you don't need to explain details

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