How Much Sod Do I Need?

After determining that your lawn needs new grass, it’s time to measure how much sod to order. In order to figure out how much sod you need for your project, you will need to measure the areas that you plan to sod. Grab a pen, paper & measuring tape and head outside to jot down some measurements.

Step 1: Calculate the area that needs to be sodded.

Make a quick sketch of your yard, especially if you have a large yard or irregularly shaped areas. Break your yard up into smaller sections if needed, to make it easier, making sure to measure the areas in feet and jot down the measurements as you go. Break up the areas into the shapes listed below. Remember to take out any areas that will not require sod – house, garage, decks, patios, sidewalks, gardens, sheds, etc. Try to be as accurate as possible. Due to the perishable nature of sod, we do not take returns.

Step 2: Determine how many rolls of sod you need.

Our sod rolls measure 2 feet by 5 feet and each roll of sod will cover 10 sq. ft. Make sure that you are ready to go with the number of rolls you need. Once you have this information, you are ready to place your order for sod (Note: It is always safer to order 10% more than you think you need to account for measurement errors).

Once your sod has been ordered, you need to get ready to lay the sod.

Here are some diagrams to help you calculate the amount of sod you will need.

Square or rectangle: To figure the area of a square or rectangle, measure the Length & Width and multiply.

Length x Width = Area

12 x 24 = 288 sq.ft.

Right triangle: A Right Triangle has one 90º corner. To figure the area of a right triangle, multiply the two sides that contact the right angle and divide by 2.

Length x Width / 2 = Area

12 x 24 = 288 ÷ 2 = 144 sq.ft.

Circles, ½ circle, ¼ circle: To figure the area of a circle, take the radius times the radius, then multiply by 3.14. Radius is a straight line from the center of a circle to the outside of the circle.

(Radius x Radius) x 3.14 = Area

6 x 6 = 36 x 3.14 = 113 sq.ft.

Half Circle divide by 2

6 x 6 = 36 x 3.14 = 113 / 2 = 56.5 sq.ft.

Quarter Circle divide by 4

6 x 6 = 36 x 3.14 = 113 / 4 = 28.25 sq.ft.

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