Spreading Mulch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fwilamosky, May 23, 2011.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I have a customer who I have been with for 2 years and he has gotten an estimate for $15 an hour to spread bulk mulch. I spread mulch for $25 a yard and i cant even compete with $15 an hour to bust my a@@ for mulch. Thanks to all the illegals i lost a 10 cubic yard mulch job
  2. ALC-GregH

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

    WOW. I've done 6 mulch jobs in the last few weeks. On all of them my lowest hourly was $78hr without the price of the mulch. The highest was $92 and change.
  3. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    $15 an hour!! Better to work at walmart with benefits, tuition reimbursement and a matching 401k then to work for $15 an hour. I charge $65-$70 a yard to deliver and install mulch not including any bed prep. or weeding.
  4. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    At $25 a yard...you're an under cutter! Please don't move into my area! I charge $60-$75 to spread a yard of mulch...plus the price of mulch.
  5. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    My price is for sure going up next year, but that doesn't include prepping all the flower beds and edging either. So it comes out to around 65 an hour
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Then again 2 years really ain't no time.
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  7. MyYardPeople

    MyYardPeople LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I am between $75-$85 per yard on mulch... $25 a yard? come do my house :)
  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    in my neck of the woods the going rate to just spread mulch that's already on site is $25 per yard.

    if I'm bringing the mulch with me or buying it and having it delivered its $55-$65 per yard.
  9. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    55 to 65 an hour delivered and spread here too. I can spread a yard in less than half an hour.
    Had a 22 yard job last week. Hired 3 temps for 4 hours each. Plus one of my guys. Trenched, spread, cleaned and gone in 4 hours.

    160 in temp labor. Job cost me less than 800 with material and labor and delivery. Got paid just under 1400.00

    Id like to do mulch every day at 60 a yard.
  10. Salcido Lawn

    Salcido Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    If we lay out bags, I charge $2 per bag to lay it out and my guys can lay about 140 bags an hour. (3 guys) If I lay it in bulk, I charge $75 per yard and that it mulch and labor included. My best mulching job, I clear $3000 for a four hour job! It takes me between 6-8 guys to lay it.
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