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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by samg123, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    guarantee that...even if he gets it for free he isnt making money on material, delivery, and minimal profit after paying labor

    let the other guy do the job you might just get the call to fix the disaster left behind by the other guy
  2. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    The other guy may have last years mulch left over and just wants to get rid of it??

    IXINRGIXI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    WOW this customer is out of his damn mind and no your prices are not off by any means .. like many of the people on this thread before me you just have to politely turn getring his business down and walk away not worth trying to ***** yourself out .. ive had my fair share
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,762

    I'm at $825 for purchase, delivery and markup.

    I'll buy the leftover material idea, but he still has to deliver and install it for $20 per CY. :dizzy:
  5. samg123

    samg123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I have noticed with this family they are VERY cheap. I did a spring cleanup for them on a hours notice. There yard is average size about a acre and it was TERRIBLE! I hauled away 1 1/2 truck loads of sticks,leaves and grass. i mowed it, trimmed the hedges,leveled a pile of dirt, cut down some little trees trimmed a line of hedges the whole way from the house down the drive way and cleaned the flower beds. now the original bid was for mowing it and hauling off the junk. and trimming 2 little hedges and cleaning out the beds for 250$. Then i get there to do the work and "can you do this and this and this etc." The whole family is into getting ALOT for as little as possible.
  6. Complete Ground Pros

    Complete Ground Pros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Why would you even consider working in the negative??
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,657

    So what is a scoop? Every yards loader is going to be different sized and each operator has their own style. Some do huge heaping shovels and some shake and shake until there is practically nothing in the bucket. Then I will sometimes get stuck with a 5 yard bucket for a smaller amount and it gets ugly trying to measure 2 yards.

    I think 50 a yard plus material is more than a fair price. There are far more profitable things to do with your time even mowing is more profitable than mulching.
  8. ryan41

    ryan41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Most of my clients get either double shredded hardwood mulch for $25.00 per yard or the dyed mulch for $30.00 per yard. I charge about $50.00 for spreading mulch + a delivery fee witch is usually around 25.00 (i have my local nursery dump it if its over 5 yards. So if i have a 10 yard double shredded mulch job the total price is: $775.00 profit $500.00 + installing edging, pulling weeds etc..
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,209

    I do quite abit of mulch and pine straw work in Janurary and Feburary, once the everything is growing I dont have time to do it.

    I just lost a Pine straw job I quoted it a 1.50$ per bail to deliever and install, the customer already paid for the straw. He said the last guy did it cheaper, I said no thanks. The job was 200 bails, my truck will hold 80 unless I leave the mower out. So 3 trips, and install the straw Id likley profit 220$, Id do it this time of year for that even though it would be hard to get it all done in 1 day, but for a dollar a bail Id make 120$ I rather stay home.
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,187

    That's a good number to add to your blocked list. Let the competition lose their butts to him. Don't feel the least bit bad about it either.
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