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How to Measure Lawn and Non-lawn Areas

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  • Gene Caballero
  • August 07, 2022

If you are looking to install mulch or sod in your lawn or garden bed, you need to know how to calculate the surface area of your lawn. But if you are a homeowner you may not know how to measure your lawn like the pros do. So how can you calculate the size of your lawn if you are a homeowner? Well this infographic explains in detail how to measure the size of your lawn so that you can order the right amount of mulch or sod for your lawn.

What are the 3 steps to measuring my lawn for material?

It’s simple; 1. Determine the initial square feet in meters or feet, 2. Determine the total square footage of your non-lawn areas not covered by grass, 3. Finally you will want to subtract the “non-lawn" area of your lawn from your calculations. 

How many square feet are in an acre?

There are 43,560 square feet in a single acre. So if you know that your lawn is one acre, you will need enough material, whether that is fertilizer or grass seed to cover 43,560 square feet. On the other hand if your lawn is half an acre, you will need the material for 21810 square feet. 

How do I calculate the square footage of my lawn?

Look, it’s simple. You will want to find the shape of your lawn. Once you know that shape of the lawn, you can measure your lawn properly. More than likely you will have a square or rectangular lawn, you will want to measure your lawn by measuring the length times width. On the other hand if you have triangular areas, you will want to measure the base times the height and then divide by 2. 


Measuring your lawn or garden bed doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s quite simple. This infographic does a great job of breaking down how you can measure your lawn. This infographic is brought to you by TurfGrassSod.org. Check out our lawn care blog for more great lawn care info, and if you need help caring for your lawn, don’t hesitate to reach out to our lawn care vendors for free lawn care estimates. 

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