Measuring The Yard
In order to figure out how much sod you will need to buy you will need to measure the yard where you want to install the sod. To do this will you need to know how to figure out the area of basic shapes. If your yard is not a basic shape, like most, then break your yard up into basic shapes. Once your yard is broken up into basic shapes then you add the areas of the different sections to figure out your total area of your yard. You will also want to add about another 5% to your measurements for the unexpected.
We made things a little easier by offering a way to figure out the areas with just your measurements. On the right you can figure the areas out for three basic shapes. If you would like to do it on your own then you can just look at the examples and the formulas for help. We even have a nice printer friendly version that you can print out and use.
To figure out the square feet of a square, multiply the width by the length.
Ex. 5 x 5 = 25 sq. ft.
To figure out the square feet of a triangle, multiply the width by the length and then divide by 2.
Ex. 5 x 10 = 50
50/2 = 25 sq. ft.
To figure out the area of a circle with the radius, multiply the radius times itself and then multiply that by 3.14.
Ex. 10 x 10 = 100
100 x 3.14 = 314 sq. ft.
To figure out the area of a circle with the diameter. First divide the diameter by 2 and that will give you the radius. Then follow the directions from the example above.