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Why such a large increase in mulch $?

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by Grn Mtn, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    Across the board this year local mulch suppliers are charging upwards of $5 more over last year. I understand fuel is more, but $5 a yard increase seems pretty steep. Can anyone try to explain this?
  2. Imulchmore

    Imulchmore LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    We are getting charged more from our suppliers. The mulch in of it self is not that expensive... But when coupled with the cost of the freight to get it to my location the prices vary. I have had alot of customer look at me like I was nuts. But I have to pass this on to the consumer of I will fold!
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    mine has not gone up that much, but mulch is a very fuel intensive product

    need fuel to transport it in "unrefined" form Need fuel to refine and grind, fuel to load the mulch onto trucks, and you need fuel to transport it from the grinding place to your establishment....
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,570

    my supplier went up $1-2 per yard.....depending on the grade.....

  5. OP
    Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    Now I could see $1-2, but $5? Your telling me that the freight costs went up $350 in a fuel surcharge, I have a hard time believing that.
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,462

    Went up 2.00 a yard to 19.95 if you buy 6+
    24.95 1-5 yds
  7. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 936

    My local supplier's mulch prices stayed the same this year. They make all there own mulch. Topsoil and 2B went way up thou.
  8. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    an earodynamic big rig with a smooth side box will average 6mpg., that means on a 500 gallon tank a truck will run 3000 miles @$2.00 per gallon that means $1000 for a full tank and at $3 a gallon its going run 1500.now we know mulch doesn't travel 3000 miles. but we have a fuel cost of .33 on the low end and .50 on the high end. which gives a difference of 20 cents, more or less....per mile travled. so if the mulch has to be moved 500 miles from raw product to customers house, you are looking at an extra hundred bucks per truck load( 70 yards+/-) which nets out at 1.43. so we have an extra 1.43 per yard jsut to hual the mulch. now how about loading, unloading, grinding, ect. I could see it adding another buck.. so if the mulch supplier adds 2.50 to his price, and you buy mulch from a reseller I could see a 5 dollar spike in the price. But they shoudl not add a fuel surcharge on top of it...

    And this just account for fuel, not added cost of oil, tires, ect.
  9. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    What type are you looking for I may be able to help? We're located in Hilton.
  10. OP
    Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    Thanks mike, I should be okay though. I have pricing from Terry Tree, Garden Factory, Adirondack Mulch, Great Northeast Mulch and Rush Gravel. If you have another outlet though PM me with it (oh wait, don't you have it drop-shipped at your place now?)

    I like getting it from Adirondack because of proximity (1.5 mile away) and they can deliver 16 yards at a time. But delivery is $50.

    Great Northeast is too far for me to go get some but they only charge $15 for delivery!

    There is a large landscape outfit in town that I heard is selling triple ground for $25 with free delivery to residential only. I don't get it, are they trying to put us smaller (but legit) landscapers out of business :hammerhead: can't we all just get along:laugh:

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