How to Calculate Lawn Sod Area


It can be frustrating to complete a sod installation, only to find out you have not ordered enough. Many homeowners prefer sodding as a quicker means of lawn renovation than seeding. The visual results are much more timely, offering a new lawn in days rather than weeks. The sodding process is more complex than that of seeding, though, and requires correct preparation, including measuring. No one wants to pay the price of too little lawn.

Step 1

Make a sketch of the lawn area where sod is going to be laid. Draw sidewalks, buildings, driveways and existing landscape into the sketch.

Step 2

Measure the dimensions of the each portion of the lawn and the obstructions to the grass. Measure twice for accuracy. Note the measurements on the sketch.

Step 3

Add the square footage of the lawn area where sod is to be laid, using the measurements on the sketch. Note the square footage of each area of the lawn and add the totals together.

Step 4

Divide the total square footage of the lawn area by 9 to determine how many yards of sod are needed. One square yard of sod is 9 square feet of lawn.

Step 5

Order at least the total square yards calculated plus 3 percent. This will accommodate any sod that has expired before delivery. Many sod dealers will only sell the product in skids of 50 square feet. Round up when ordering, if this is the case.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Calculator


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  • University of California at Davis: Ordering Sod
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Christina Wheeler has been a professional freelance writer since 2007. She lends her expertise in animal care, gardening and home improvement to online publications such as Garden Guides and eHow. Wheeler studied business management at Ohio University.