Measuring the Area for Sod to be R
eplaced
What you will need before you
begin:

Graph paper

Tape Measure

Pencil

Ground marking paint

Calculator
5 Simple steps to calculating your new lawn
areas
1 Break your
yard or project down into areas in order to make double checking your final numbers
easy. This will help to not only easily measure out areas within the
yard but also allow us to consider different types of sod for different applications or environmental needs
within those areas and never need to recalculate our square feet.
For example I would break down my yard
into front yard / back
yard/ side
yard areas as well as break off the area being shaded
by the large Oak tree in my back yard.
Your project breakdown may look more
like ball field /parking
area / walkway path / drainage pond
bank etc.
2 Begin
measuring the square feet of each area to be resodded by breaking down the area into simple
shapes of squares circles, triangles and rectangles. As you begin to measure the areas remember to ignore minor
details and interferances like flower beds or walkways that cut through those areas for now. It will be easier
to subtract those areas later, as we indicate in step number 4, than to over compliacate your shape breakdown
now.
3 Calculate the Square Footage for each
shape.
Square = Length x Width = Sqaure Feet
Circle = 3.14 x Raidus x Radius = Square Feet
(Radius is half of the diameter, or imaginary line drawn across the center of a circle
starting at any point on one side and going through the center point to the other side) Measure from the
outside edge of the circle to the center point to get the readius measurement)
Or you can measure the rectangle around the circle for a quick estimation on a smaller area
that will not impact the total square footage drastically.
Rectangle = Length x Width = Square Feet
Triangle = 1/2 (or 0.5) x Base x Height = Square Feet or (B x H divided by
2)
3 Add
the total of all the measured shapes together to get the total number of square feet you will need for your new
sod.
4 Calculate and subtract the
square footage of shapes that are not to be sodded such as mulch beds,
walkways driveways, pools and patios etc. from the total number of
square feet you came up with in step 3.
5 Add 10
percent of your final number to the total square foot to compensate for cutting in around edges of existing turf
and hardscape.
Congratulations Your Done Measuring
The Area
For Your New Sod
Lawn!
Now you can begin the next step of preparing tha area for your new sod.
