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What would you charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Matt Hermann, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    If you had to go out and estimate a mulch job (physically measure each bed to see how much mulch to get, or however you measure it, and say it came to 42 yards.)

    How much would you charge the customer, I know everybodys price will be diffrrent because of the different areas, but I'd like to know what everyone would be at if you dont mind me asking.

    So, It's a 42 yard job, every bed needs to be edged. Some leaves in the beds, not many, a few sticks here and there, but overall not too bad on the prepping time except for hand/machine edging every bed.

    What would you estimate to the guy be?

    Also, say the price of mulch around here is average $30yd black dye. But there is one place that gets it at $26 a yard, would you not mark it up since it's a big job? Or mark it up to the regular 30$ a yard price

    Thanks for all the help!
  2. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    I'm kinda new at this, too (LCO work....not estimating projects). When in doubt, you can always estimate your time (in the end, it comes down to this, anyway) and multiply that / hrly rate.

    I've seen guys say they use a set $$/CY mulch. That's wonderful, if that works for them. I'll probably get to the point where I do that, in the future. Using that method, you're still a slave to how long (____CY) takes to install, though. Miss your time estimate in either scenario, and you're losing money (based on your estimate).

    I'm not trying to tell you the absolute "right" way to do your estimate. I'm just telling you what I'd do. When in doubt, use est. time/hrly rate.

    Good luck.
  3. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Without knowing how many linear feet there are to edge...can't give you a rough price. Also...is it new edging or refining the edge? If it's a new edge with a spade shovel...charge around $1.00 per foot. If you're using a stick edger to touch up an existing edge...maybe go as low as $.50 a foot.

    As for the mulch...who will be delivering it...you or the mulch company? If you are, how many yards per trip will it take you and how far is the drive? Also...ask around...at that amount, you can probably get a mulch dealer to deliver the mulch at a bulk rate for about $14/yard. Then it's up to you with charging...you'd probably land the job just from the amount you'd save them vs. others having to buy from the landscape supply yard. Lastly...I get $50 to $65 per each yard of mulch I spread labor + the price per yard of mulch.
  4. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I'll be ordering the mulch from a local supplier and they will be delivering it to my coustmers house, with a delivering fee of 35$ every 23 yards
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  5. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    You need to shop around if you are ordering that much mulch you need to get it at the same place your supplier is unless they are grinding and dyeing on site. I know things are more up north but if they are selling it for $30 that means they are getting it landed on their yard for about 15-18. But other issue is can a tractor trailer get in the site. A lot of times I can work it out to have 90 yards dropped at my shop for $18 per including delivery then haul it 10 yds at a time in my dump truck, and I can split a load for several jobs.As what to charge if I had to wheel barrow it $65 per yard plus clean up and edging
  6. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    The thing is I don't have a shop so I can't have a ton dropped at my house, whenever I order mulch I need to get it dropped off where I am working. And how you said to see where the nursery is getting the mulch, how do I find that out, or does anyone know where to get a decent price on mulch in south jersey? also, a quick question would be: I measured out every single bed where mulch would be put down, and it came to x sqft. I used the equation for every yard at a 2" depth, you get like 160sqft of coverage or something like that. That was what I used to calculate the amount of cubic yards that I needed to get. Was that correct? What do you guys use to calculate how many yards to get? Thanks for all the help!
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  7. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    anyone else?
  8. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    id b around 4k
  9. simps21

    simps21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

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  10. simps21

    simps21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I would be around 4000 also
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