Mulching estimate

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Hotty Toddy, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    ive been asked to mulch the beds of a nice home. I measured out the beds to be 6000SF. Using a mulch calculator, that comes out to 37 yards of hardwood mulch. The mulch retails at $28.99 a yard = $1072.63 in materials. Delivery fee is $100.

    I’ll be doing this alone. Would charging 2x retail be appropriate? This would bring the total project cost to $2245.26.

    Am I at least in the ballpark with this quote? Your experienced feedback is appreciated.

    Darrell
     
  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    how deep is that figured at?
    is it a new bed or going over existing mulch?
    wide open beds or heavily planted?
     
  3. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
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    37 yards by yourself will take about days to complete, charge per yard, say $90 per yard or what ever makes you money and the business money.
    Get some help too, and a couple double wheel wheelbarrows, make sure you put your preen down before it rains so it can soak in.
     
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  4. crazy man

    crazy man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I charge $80.00 a yard delivered and installed for most of our properties but I am a long way from you so i imagine prices vary. Maybe someone not to far from you can chime in.
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    How many days to you think it will take me? The number didn’t come through
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    Calculated at 2 inches. Some areas are pretty bare, but it has been mulched in the past. The beds are thoughtfully planted — established shrubs with room for annual color.
     
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  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
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    One cautionary note: If you figure how much time it will take you to move and spread one yard, don't make the mistake that you will be able to do yard #37 in the same amount of time.
     
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  8. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really don’t suggest doing it solo. If this is the only thing you read from me just keep in mind.. you will hate life

    I can get mulch close to $10 a yard cheaper.... I’m a super reliable customer who pays cash every time.
     
  9. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    That depends on how much wheel barelling and weeding or trimming needs to be done

    Let alone where the truck is parked/pile
     
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