Mulch pricing in Florida

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DennisF, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    I'm trying to find out pricing for mulch installs done by Florida LCO's. I've been trying to get $100 per yard, but most accounts think that's too much. I always include the cost of the mulch in the price quote to make the customer more comfortable with the price. However, most of my customers think that $75-$80 per yard (including mulch cost) is the most that they should pay. When you consider that mulch costs $17.50 to $22.50 per yard, it doesn't leave a lot of profit. Anybody from Florida got any pricing info to share. I'm in Citrus County, about 60 miles north of Tampa and would like to here from anyone in this area.
  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    1 yard of mulch is 14 bags .... I wish I could $7 per bag installed

    I've used "Flying Mulch Man" out of O town too blow mulch in .... got 60 yards blow in at $35 per yard .... smaller jobs cost more per yard .... as he has a 20 yard min

    So I'd look fore someone in your neck that has a blower for larger jobs .... far as resi's go we get $50 per yard with 3 yard min .... bed prep is extra ..... only do this work for regular monthly accounts n ONLY in the off season ..... any summer work would be atleast $75 per yard thrown
  3. lawnjockey51

    lawnjockey51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    I am interested how much you are getting for residential lawns down there. We really want to come back to Florida, but I am starting a lawn bus up here in Richmond VA and the average residental lot (80 x 130) is pulling in about $45.00 per cut ... I know that 18 years ago, in the New Port Richey area, we were only getting $10.00 to $12.00 .. and I am hearing from friends that it's not that much more now ...
  4. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Man, if you're getting that much one county North of me then I'm moving North!!! About the most the market will bear down here in the Spring Hill area is about $45-50 per yard installed and my cost is the same as yours. I try to avoid it as much as possible.
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I get about $50 per yard on mulch. Thats why i try to just stick to maintenance. Its not worth the trouble to do extra work.
  6. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381


    That seems to be the MOST that I can get. Many customers think that $75 is too much. When you consider that I go get the mulch and bring it to the job site, the costs involved are not worth the time to do the job. Some people think that your time is not worth much, so I try to price the mulch jobs high hoping that the customer will back away. I really don't care to do mulch jobs, but give quotes to my customers that ask. I figure that if I'm going to take time away from mowing I'm going make sure I make at least as much money from the mulch work as I do from lawn work. I can make $45-$50/hr mowing, so I want at least that much per hour for mulch work if I am going to bother doing it all. Spreading mulch is back breaking work, so I if I'm going to bust my butt for a customer...I expect them to pay for it.
  7. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    If you asked for 75.00 per yard here they would laugh you out of town. $45-50 if you can. Or about $1.50 per bag and there are 13.5 bags in a yard for the record. LOL
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    I get 70 yd on smaller jobs and 50 yd on larger ones that are subbed to a blower. I use 3cf bags only need 9 of them
  9. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    there is a rather large blower outfit in Florida. A great bunch of guys. They acctualy offerd for me to bring the truck down over the winter to help them out. they are Florida Mulch Express, met them when I was in Oregon picking up my truck. they were looking at updating there intire fleet. I belive they have around 10 trucks in two locations. I will try and find there web site and post it.
  10. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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