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Mulch Pricing

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by STIHL GUY, Mar 30, 2010.


    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    I have been trying to figure out how to price mulch jobs but i wanted to see what others do. The mulch is provided by a friend of mine and he delivers to the customer so they pay him for mulch and delivery. All i do is spread the mulch. For this would you use an hourly rate or a price per yard? What would be a good price per yard of mulch to spread it only, figuring the pile is dumped pretty close to where it needs to be spread
  2. SperaLandscaping

    SperaLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Charge per Hour. You will be better off. It is fair for you and the customer. If you charge per hour you will never cut yourself short. Good luck.
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    No charge per yard, about 80$ depending on job
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  4. JBlawn

    JBlawn LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 197

    charge per yard im usually around 90-110 per yard but thats me supplying the multch..
  5. LR3

    LR3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 722

    That's tough. Depending on how many yards of mulch determines the cost. If a yard costs, let's say, $30. I would charge $90 to prep the bed, supply the mulch and apply it. If it's an order of 30 or more yards, I bring it down to around $65 a yard, bed prepped and applied. But your only getting the application part of it so it's tough to call. Alone, and depending on what kind of shape your in, you should be able to apply around 6 yards of mulch not including bed prep. So, I would charge your normal hourly rate with a two hour minimum. I'm gathering that your being subbed out? By a homeowner or another LCO? Take pics.
  6. motorscot

    motorscot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    At a minimum: determine the total cost of the mulch, then charge that amount to install it.
    If you already know how much you can install in an hour and can charge hourly, then do it that way if you can still make good money.
  7. Mow'n'Blow21

    Mow'n'Blow21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    $25 per cubic yard of mulch installed.
  8. JaPaul

    JaPaul LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I charge $40 for every 100 sq' I'm mulching. That takes care of the cost of the mulch and the prep work. I may even add extra cost for hauling expence.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    now that i got a new truck i have been picking up the mulch myself and i charge per yard. that price includes preen . mulch, delivery, and spreading it

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