Priceing mulching and fertilization jobs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ShaneLawnCare, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. ShaneLawnCare

    ShaneLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    This is my first year in business and I am wondering how to price a remulching job and fertilization. Thanks
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    2.5x's the cost of the mulch, total price. Check with your state, most likely you have to be licensed to spread fertilizer, especially crabgrass preventer or weed-n-feed.

    Probably check with your state's department of agriculture.
  3. ShaneLawnCare

    ShaneLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Thank you and I will check
  4. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    yeah be careful with the fert. i didnt kno i needed a license for a while
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I was told that you don't need a license to put down fert, you only need it for anything ending is "cides". I was told this 2 years ago. Maybe I'll call to confirm.
  6. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    i read on the AG departments website that theres a pesticide license. im not sure what it covers
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    The best way to price is to give it away the first year and see what happens in year 2.

    Not to be a huge smart azz but what are you thinking of charging? What are your expenses. Overhead, Insurance, equipment , wages, on and on. I wouldn't take anyones advice on what to charge until you know what your business NEEDS to charge.

    Good Luck.
  8. stephen424

    stephen424 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    just charge $30 per yard, plus the price of the mulch...since it's your first year in business. this is not a lowball price, but it's not the biggest profitable price either....right in the middle.
    you should be able to spread 1 yard/hour. and once you find your rhythm, you should be able to spread the 2nd yard in 45 minutes, and the 3rd yard in 30 minutes.
    and i'm talking scoop - wheel barrow - dump - spread!

    thats how i price my mulch jobs. this is what i tell my customers...
    "i get the mulch from XXX mulch yard, good quality stuff...they charge $30 plus tax for mulch and i charge $30 per yard to spread"

    i always mention the mulch yard that i get it from cause i know customers these days are going to call and verify that it's $30 yard. what they don't know is that i really get it for less than that since get a hookup. so i'm making a profit on the mulch and selling to the customer that "i don't upcharge the mulch like others do"

    like i said, once my blood gets going, i can spread 1 yard in 30 minutes.
    but i'd charge $150 labor for 5 yards ($30/hour x 5 yards).

    and i can knock out 5 yards, solo, in about 3 hours.
    so really i just made $50/hour labor and a small profit on the mulch coming in at "a reasonable price"
  9. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    yeah stephen thats what i do. it works great. except for the 30 per yard part
  10. towtruck212

    towtruck212 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    You need a license to apply fert. to a lawn other than your own. I dont think anyone just uses fert and nothing else anyway.

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