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Mulch price-What would you charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by overtona, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I get mulch for $30/ a yard and I triple the cost to spread it.
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  2. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    I charge by the hour no matter what the job is plus what ever materials I have bought for the job..it seems to work best for me...
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    Agree 100%. We probably average $2.50 per bag for labor and $3.79 retail for the mulch. The installed per bag rate could be as low as $5.65 or as high $7.50.

    In yards (13.5 bags) you'd be looking at $76 - $101.
  4. bmoorefield

    bmoorefield LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Jim, I have a lot of respect for you but we all know that not any yahoo with a truck can finish a high quality mulch job. We have all seen what hacks do, edging looks terrible, mulch in the grass, didn’t clean up the site, left dye stains on driveways. In Maryland 90% of the jobs are with dyed mulch.
    A little bit of horticultural knowledge can go a long way when doing an estimate for a mulch job. Explaining to a customer that they need to prune a shrub a certain time of year or pointing out that there are scales on a plant can gain you there business later.
    I charge $100 per yard and give discounts to people when the job needs more than 15 yards. Accessibility and the amount of plants in the beds will result in an increase in price.
  5. orinicklawncare

    orinicklawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    On the 100+ yard jobs do you guys knock the price down? or just keep the same price throughout from 5-400?
  6. billc1004

    billc1004 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    We pay 19 per yard if we purchase 10 yards at a time . charge 70 per yard plus garden prep ( edge and rake out )
  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,306

    Never done one that big but I knocked the price of 31 yarder down by 1 buck a yard.... the owner was pleased
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    I did a job back in 2004 where I subcontracted out a 240 yard job ($77.18 a yard). The EBS company bid the job over the phone for about $10,500 which was what I figured my own cost to be. I bid the job at $18,525 and while I was waiting to see if I got the job I told the EBS company to go look at the job and see if they could do better. They looked at how easy the job was and lowered the price to $8500 ($35.41 per yard). I got the job subcontracted it out and counted my money. Easiest $10,000 I ever made.
  9. Mr. A+

    Mr. A+ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey guys. I just purchased a dump truck for leaf season. So far so good. Now I need to to bring in more income from mulch since the leaf season is over. Any suggestions on how to market mulch delivery/installation? Last year I was getting bark for around $40 per yd. We charged $75 installed. I know I will have to charge $100 per cu yd installed and delivered for 2014.
    So, how can I market myself in order to increase mulch job. Wether it be just delivering and/or installation
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  10. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    Direct mail using a filtered list geared towards higher end homes. I use cactusmailings.com and infousa.com. I'm lucky to be in an area with over 20,000 millionaires. I target the million dollar homes first and work down the list. I target homes built in the last 15 years and send out postcards in batches of 5000. I don't ever try to sell much via direct mail but advertising for maintenance brings mulch as well.

    People with newer homes tend to be care more about their homes and are willing to pay for professional upkeep. People with older homes are more apt to have that Bubba or Jose yard guy who works for cheap.

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