Mulch Question.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by K c m, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    Hello guys Quick price check. I am 3 years into the business and last yr i decided to venture into the landscape aspect of the job. Needless to say i lost much money on the job, Fortunatly a buddies dad got me out of trouble by selling mulch cheap to me. whoosh. Well i get the call from these people and i bring my calculater, measuring wheel and so fourth. after everything is added in it comes to about 8-10 cubic yards. I decided to charge 600. Am i to high? i figure the cost of labor is the same as materials.

    thanks rob.
  2. jrussell555

    jrussell555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I charge 17.00 C.Y for mulch. But I have the trailer and machine to get the job done quickly. New Holland LS. 170 and 25' trailer.

    The mulch only cost's me about $85 per 6 C.Y. But I can pick it up in about 1 hr and deliver it and spread it in 1 hr. Total labor 3 hrs and no subs. Total profit around $135.00

    Not bad for a 3 to 4 hr day.

    My next big buy is a dump truck.
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    You should be well in line at $600 for your area if it's not dyed mulch.

    What I charge a yard for mulch varies according to the site and how much handling is involved. My average is about $50 per yard....

    This guy charging $17 is NUTZ!!!
  4. Ecobjs

    Ecobjs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    we charge 50 per cu yard to install. That is no bed clean up. 5 yard min. so you are looking pretty good.
  5. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    How do you tell if it's dyed or not and where would you find the stuff at wholesale. I think the stuff I saw was dyed at $26/yd.
  6. Lnd Svyr

    Lnd Svyr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    No offense, but how do you buy a dump truck with that kind of profit?
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    How does a 5 yard minimum work? Mrs. only needs 3 yards but you install to a 6"-7" depth because of the minimum........


  8. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    We have a 10 yard minimum... This means that if you say only need 5 yards of mulch we will install 5 yards but you will be charged for 10. It is just not profitable to do anything under 10 yards with our equipment. We make sure that they understand the pricing but I have never realy had to do this. Most people with under 10 yards don't need there mulch blown in. Our residential prices are around $45 per yard commercial is much lower. We alos confirm that they do not have any landscaping or lawn care companies taking care of there properties so we are not stepping on any toes of our clients.
  9. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    We install mulch for $60 a yard but that includes edging them with the bed-edger. We get mulch for $18 a yard and one guy can spread 2 yards an hour so we are very profitable on mulch. We're doing 3 mulch jobs alone this week all between 18-26 yards.
  10. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    $60 a yard installed edging and weeding is extra.
    My price $15 yard. If i buy in 60 yard increments.
    If i buy it buy the yard its $25 a yard.

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