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The first thing to do when preparing to measure your yard is to determine the set of units you will be
measuring in and stick to it. Measuring in millimetres and metres is using the best and is the units
that most turf farms work in.
Remembering the old age `measure twice, cut once', ensure that you double check all of your
calculations and even get someone else to check them too.
To measure and calculate the space yourself: Draw a plan of the area you are going to turf. It doesn't
need to be perfect. Drawing your plan on graph paper will make the entire process that much easier.
Lawns come in all shapes and sizes.
Below is some information to help you work out how much soil and lawn you are going to need:
To measure the area of a square or rectangle - multiply the length by the width.
To measure the area of a circle - multiply the radius by itself and then by 3.14.
To measure the area of a triangle - multiply the height by the base divided by 2.
You will need 1 cubic metre per 10 square metres.
Always add about 5-10% extra on your order for contingencies.
More detailed info on how to measure can be found on the next page.
A tip from the Daleys Turf team - never use your feet to measure - always use a tape measure.

- it's easy. Measure the length and the width. Multiple
the length by the width and once you have double checked your measurements you're done.
For example: 10m long by 5m wide = 10 x 5 = 50 square metres.
- it's a little trickier. For the length measure the longest
section you have. Because of the odd shape you will then need to measure a few different points in
order to determine the width. What you are looking for is the average width of the space. Measure
the width at 5 different points and then divided the total number by 5.
For example: 10m long by the average width of 5m + 5m + 4m + 3m + 3m /5 = 10 x 4 = 40 square
- you'll need some extra tools to help you measure. Place a stake in the
centre of the area. Attach a string to the stake and move to where you would like the outside of the
circle to be. Walk round in a circle ensuring that the string remains tight and determine if the circle
takes in the entire area you wish to cover. Measure the length of the string to work out the radius
which is denoted by r. You then calculate the area using the following formula - r x r x 3.14
For example: Radius = 5m which then equates to 5 x 5 x 3.14 = 31.4 square metres.
We suggest using the following online calculator for other area shapes:
Now that you have the area of the space you want to turf allow another 3-5% for cutting in and 5-10%
for contingencies and place your order with your preferred supplier.
If you are having any difficulties with the measuring or the calculations perhaps it's time to call in the
experts. Professional turf layers can come to you, at a convenient time and do all the measuring for
you. As an added bonus - this is usually a free service.
The team at Daleys Turf are always happy to help out with
lawn measurements of any size or shape.