Mulch Jobs What is average time for 2 guys to spread?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by justin9978f, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. justin9978f

    justin9978f LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I have a couple mulch jobs that are preped and ready for mulch. I have 2 guys and 2 wheelbarrows and the furthest distance is 85ft. Hourly rate is $50 What is a good formula to calculate the labor for the jobs. Should I charge by the yard and by the time for 2 guys?

    Job 1-10 cubic yds

    Job 2-14 cubic yds
  2. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    we charge 4.50 per 2 cu ft bag......we dont do yards ....more efficient and profitable in bags for will find some that disagree though....2 of our guys can do 80 bags an hr though....
  3. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    My price per yard includes installation. If I use bags I figure it out the same way.
  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Flat rate.75.00 bucks a yard,includes labor/material prep is extra.
  5. Lawn132012

    Lawn132012 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 175

    A lot of my price for the area I am in is the ACCESS of the job and what needs to be mulched. Some jobs are quicker due to the fact I can just have the guy shovel majority of it off the truck while working so no wheel barrels. Then I have other jobs that are nothing more then wheel barrels so twice the work.

    Quotes for these jobs are always a little harder for me. I must be cheap as I get the "YES, when can you show up" quickly. The funny thing is I have told different people different quotes just to see where the LINE is in the sand, sort of speak.
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    You almost answered your own question. We charge material+delivery and then one man hour per yard of mulch. Say material and delivery is $40 add your hourly rate to that. Prepping is always extra and just guessing by the amount of material you need I would say at least two hours prep time per job.
  7. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    If its more then my truck/trailer hauls then I have it delivered. I charge a flat rate per yard to install and that includes edging and weeding. Ive learned breaking it down only gives customers stuff to try and ding ya on.
  8. Fawcett

    Fawcett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    Mulch around here in Ma. is selling for around $35-40 per yard (not cheap when compared to what others are paying in other states)

    When I price a job out for a customer its usually based on double the cost of the mulch.

    Edging, weeding and bed prep is always hourly.
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    2 guys should be able to do a yard of mulch in under an hour. I charge $65 for a yard of mulch installed plus prep work.
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  10. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    This is what I do

    If your guys are worth a grain of salt you should not have to worry about how much they can spread in how much time.

    I spend average 21.00 per yd and charge 65.00
    That is a 44.00 net per yd
    The guys are paid 10.00 per hr
    On the average a yd of mulch on prepared beds goes in 15 min

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