Measuring your Lawn

Area measurements and mapping a lawn should be the first step in any home lawn care program.  It is essential to know the area of your lawn in square feet to make accurate applications of fertilizers and other lawn care products.  The most commonly used units of measure for turfgrass area are acres and square feet.  Most home lawns can be measured in units of 1,000 square feet.


Calculating the area of an odd-shaped lawn can be accomplished by breaking it down into simple geometric figures as follows.


Geometric figures:

  • Rectangle area = length x width
  • Triangle area = (length of base x height)/2