Measuring the Area for Sod To Be Replaced
What you will need before you begin:
- Graph paper
- Tape Measure
- Ground marking paint
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.