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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, May 24, 2004.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    One of my customers wants me to move and spread 30yd of shredded hardwood mulch. I ordered it, but he paid for it, and I am wondering how much to charge to move and spread it. I figured about $10 per yard. (labor only) Am I too low, too high??
  2. sharpcutter

    sharpcutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Way too low. In my area, we get about 38$ per yard. Installed price for regular undyed double shredded hardwook bark mulch is 63$ / yard.
  3. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    I am thinking too low. The labor is going to include loading and transporting too, and it takes my assistant and I a solid 25-30 to spread 1 cubic yard of mulch perfectly. So, I figure I charge $35-$40/cubic yard (in labor) to spread the mulch.
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    way, way, way too low.
  5. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 346

    That's not too low at all! In fact, I've got several hundred yards I'd like you to spread for me. I'll even throw in transportation.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

  7. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Try to find someone that blows the mulch in ( a reputable person). Around here they charge 18 per yard to blow it in and they clean up and everything, I turn around and charge the customer 35 per yard then. And yea your too low i'd say.
  8. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    Well, lets think here, if they can go out and buy a $200,000 mulch blower truck, they might be 2-5 times more productive than you, so blowing may be faster for them so it is cheaper. But, I think you can do a much better job laying it by hand.
  9. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    Lets ask GroundcoverSolutions
  10. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    wow.. you can come work for me..

    spreading only is a PITA.. Because you don't make any money off the mulch.. I would charge hourly for that kind of work..

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