Turfing is the quickest way to create a new lawn; but how much turf do you need to cover your lawn area completely?

How much turf do I need?

Here’s how to calculate your requirements

TAKE MEASUREMENTS

I’d advise you to do most of your soil preparation before you measure up and order your turf.  That way you can see where your lawn will be and make any adjustments before you commit to a finite amount.  There’s nothing worse than being 2 rolls short!

Always use a tape measure (feet, steps, guesswork or other rough measurements are not accurate enough for this job)

RECTANGULAR OR SQUARE LAWNS

Measure the length and width in at least 2 different places (just in case the shape isn’t as regular as you first thought).  Use the largest measurement in each case.

CIRCULAR LAWNS

Measure the lawn at its widest point.  This is called the diameter – again, it’s best to take two sets of measurements just to be sure.

TRIANGULAR LAWNS

Measure the longest side, and the “height” of the triangle ie from the mid-point of the longest side right up to the “point” of the triangle.

CURVY AND ODD-SHAPED LAWNS

Draw a plan of the lawn, divide it up into sections and take measurements for each section.  You’ll calculate the area of each section separately and then add them all together to get the total amount of turf needed.

If you’re very good at drawing, you could use squared paper and make the plan to scale – that way if each square represents 1m x 1m – all you need to do is count the squares and add a bit on for wastage.

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CALCULATE THE AREA IN SQUARE METRES

First of all, convert all of your measurements into metres.  Not yards, not inches, not even centimetres.  They must be in metres.

RECTANGULAR OR SQUARE LAWNS

Multiply the width by the length to get the area in square metres.  Each of our turf rolls covers one square metre so the answer is also the number of rolls you need.

CIRCULAR LAWNS

Divide the diameter into two to get a measurement for the radius – we’ll call that “R”

The formula you need is R x R x 3.14

Or better still – enter the Diameter into our turf calculator

TRIANGULAR LAWNS

Take the area of the longest side, multiply that by the height of the triangle and then divide the answer by 2

½ x W x H

CURVY AND ODD-SHAPED LAWNS

Calculate each area separately and add them all together to get the final total.  This is hard to do accurately so be sure to order a little extra turf to cover all eventualities

ORDERING TURF

Couldn’t be simpler with Turfonline’s secure server.  Our Turf calculator will help you to work out how much turf you need and then you’ll be able to choose the perfect type of turf for your new lawn.

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