Why such a large increase in mulch $?

Grn Mtn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Rochester NY
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?
 

Imulchmore

LawnSite Member
Location
Malvern, Pa
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!
 

MarcSmith

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Washington DC
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....
 

LawnScapers of Dayton

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Dayton, OH
my supplier went up $1-2 per yard.....depending on the grade.....

Derek
 
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Grn Mtn

Grn Mtn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Rochester NY
DRM Ventures said:
my supplier went up $1-2 per yard.....depending on the grade.....

Derek
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.
 

MarcSmith

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Washington DC
Grn Mtn said:
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.
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.
 
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Grn Mtn

Grn Mtn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Rochester NY
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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