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Proper Measuring Technique for Sod

Determining how much sod you need for your area is simple. Just measure the area, by length and by width. Multiply your length by your width, giving you your square FOOTAGE. The next step is to divide the square footage by 9. For example, If your area is 20 feet long and 9 feet wide, 20x9=180. 180/9= 20. You need 20 square yards of sod!

To measure a pie shaped area, is a little more difficult, but still something that you can do. Just multiply your LONGEST length by your LONGEST width, and divide that number by 2. Go one step farther to determine your square yardage for sod, by dividing by 9. For Example, if your longest length is 10 and your longest width it 22,10x22=220 220/2=110 110/9=12.222, rounding up to 13.

Circular areas are a bit more tricky. You will measure straight across your circle, then multiply that number by itself. If your length across the circle is 24 feet, then you multiply 24x24=576. The next step is to multiply the number by 0.7854. 576x0.7854=452.39, which is your square footage. Just like figuring the other area shapes, your final step is to divide your number of square feet, by 9. It is always important to round up when estimating for sod. It does not stretch! 453/9=50.33, meaning you need 51 yards of sod.

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