mulching, spring clean up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by phil413, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. phil413

    phil413 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    So I need 12 cubic yards of mulch or 115 bags. I have 3 guys at 45 per man hour. I can get mulch at $24 per yard. I have 350ft of edging to do, and prune 15 bushes.

    My estimate...
    $135 per hour for 6 hours=$810

    $288 for mulch

    $145 for bed shaper for the day

    Total $1243

    What are your thoughts?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Sounds right on the money. What kind of mulch are you using, seems cheap for bagged material.

    EDIT- Might want to beef it up a shade for all the edging.

  3. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Sounds pretty good. How are you moving the mulch? From a dump truck with wheel barrows, loader or what? How will it be delivered to the site? 3 guys can spread 12 cubes as long as it all there and your not running back and forth with p/u trucks loads and walking a long distance with the wheel barrows.
  4. phil413

    phil413 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Well thats the thing, i don't know what method I am going to use to move the mulch. If it's bags, we may carry them or wheel barrow them. If it's bulk I may have to rent a dingo. I don't want to back the truck up and risk tearing up the grass.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    You are over-thinking it. I've done 20 yard mulch jobs in one day by myself in the right conditions with just a standard wheelbarrow.

    Wheelbarrows are all you need. Easier to get it to where you need it and place it bagged or bulk. Besides, mulch is light.

    Now, if you were talking about 12 yard rock job, then that's when I would start talking about equipment.

  6. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    Have the mulch deliverd bulk. Use 10 cuft wheel borrows and bedding forks. 3 guys can do 12 yards in 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
  7. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    Yeah it is easier to load the wheel borrows at ground level then from a bed of a truck.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I have to disagree.

    Using scoop shovels, it much easier on the back and much faster from what I've found.


    POWER STROKE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Agree with White Gardens.
  10. All_American_lawn

    All_American_lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Wish I could get mulch that cheap. I just paid 505 including tax for 9 yards delivered for a project tomorrow. That was the cheapest I could find and the delivery fee was only 20 bucks.....

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