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mulch how many in hr

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cutbetterthanyou, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    i am bidding a new job i don't do a lot of mulching mostly grass cutting. how may yards of mulch do you figure on per an hour . i will probally have 4 guys may more. but you can just give me a one man rate if you want. also do you charge any less for big jobs just to try to get them i figured on 267 yards of mulch so i really want the job
     
  2. WALKER LANDSCAPE

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    Are you saying you need 267 yards of mulch for one job. WOW one man will probably take you a weed.:dizzy: One man can usually do one and half yards an hour. If thats what your looking for.:waving:
     
  3. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Wow, 267 yards for one job....Thats Huge....Thats over $20k in Gross Profits for me, charging $65 Per Yard just for the Mulch, not including prep work.....Good luck....hope I can catch a deal like that.....
     
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    You may want to think about subbing it out to a mulch blower. I will guarantee that is will be just as cheap if you include your labor and overhead. That is a crapload of mulch. Heck that's 3 tractor trailers worth.

    I met with the mulch blower at a recent convention and I got quoted 35/yd hardwood and something like 45/yd for dyed mulch. For this particular job I charge 80/yd due to the limited access and hilly terrain. This job is 15 yards. So I would be charging the customer 1200. Mulch blower would cost me 675 for dyed. I'd basically make 500 bucks with a phone call and meeting the blower the day of.

    Can't imagine what you would make on over 200 yards. Probablly get the cost down below 30/yd.

    something to chew on.
     
  5. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    With a 4 man crew it should be be a easy 2 day job, with wheelbarrels, and a dump truck and a loader to load the dump truck on a job that size, I don't charge for prep work my guys can do it while I reload.
     
  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

  7. tnmulchblower

    tnmulchblower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    CUTBETTERTHANYOU,I would look at contracting the mulch blower truck,like the quote above that gave that same opinion,I own a mulch blower truck and could spread that in 2 days max counting driving time and all,could do in 1 day if material was offloaded on site and rent a loader to keep truck loaded. Thats what I do not understand with landscape contractors here. They think that I am out to take there business,they can sub-contract the mulch application to me,charge customer 60.00 yrd,make at least 20.00 yrd and never touch the job,plus,lets there employees focus on other jobs,would like some replies to this mindset. I am not out to take there customers,just help them with there mulch application. Thanks
     
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I wish you were closer, I'd have you do all of our mulch jobs. 276yrd is a butt load of mulch! that might even be a speacial order. To give my .02 cents, I would buy it in bulk, dump it at the site and sub out the bark blower.
     
  9. tnmulchblower

    tnmulchblower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I wish you were closer, I'd have you do all of our mulch jobs. 276yrd is a butt load of mulch! that might even be a speacial order. To give my .02 cents, I would buy it in bulk, dump it at the site and sub out the bark blower.

    Thanks for the reply nobagger,If I were closer would help you with all your mulch applications. Would like to hear more thoughts and replies.
     
  10. gringo gardener

    gringo gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    for me down here i figure thats almost a full 3 trailer loads of product (90yds ea) ... if its dumped to a close proximity 1 laborer should be able to place 3 yds/hr ... u will benefit by an articulating or skid loader to place materials

    most co's will charge 20-25$ man/hr for hand throwing materials while there are several outfits that will blow the product in for about $35/yd depending on materials that can easily be raised to $50 for the customer and still stay competitive
     

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