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mulch jobs 101

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jds720, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. jds720

    jds720 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Ok so I'm wanting to put a note in my next invoice to customer about doing mulching. What are the best ways to make money, and keep my customers happy? I'm a solo-guy, it would probably benefit me to have a buddy help.

    :hammerhead:Whats the best way to approach mulch jobs??
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I'm thinking you need to know the square yards you'll need first. Then the price of the mulch your going to use. Then figure your man hours of time needed to complete the job. Add them up and you'll have your price.

    See if I can do this,
    say you need 10yds of mulch, it cost you $200, your paying $20 a yard. Add your mark-up to it. Say 25% your now selling it to the customer for $250
    Man hours to do it, say 4hrs. at say $50 per hr.
    $250 divided by 10= $25 per yard+ $50 a man hour= so your total would be $450 installed.

    This is just a example not real life figures.
    Anyone is more then welcome to add what I may have not included.
  3. LawnCare_EMT

    LawnCare_EMT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    It also depends on if you are getting it delivered or if your buying bags. 80% of the mulch jobs I do I use bags because they are fairly small jobs. You can get bags here for ~$2.00 and I charge the customer $10 per bag.
  4. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    heres what i charge:
    3 cf bag cost @$ 2.50 per bag
    cost to install @ $2.00 per bag
    for a total of $4.50 per bag

    i put notes on my invoice like this.
    Note to all clients we sell & install mulch. Our Current price is $4.50 per bag installed.

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