How much turf do I need for my new lawn?
Turf is a highly perishable product so it’s important to order the right amount for your project. If you order too much, you can’t take it back for a refund. If you order too little it may be difficult to find rolls to match your original batch of turf.
To make sure you order exactly the right amount of turf for your new lawn. You need to first measure the area very carefully, then calculate how big it is in square metres. One square metre usually = one roll of turf. Double-check the roll size with your supplier and then place your order.
A roll of turf usually covers one square metre of ground, however it can vary between suppliers. Wimborne Turf offer 1m2 rolls.
First measure the area to be turfed
- Carefully mark out the area to be turfed. Use pegs and brightly coloured string (or spray paint). Then view the area from all angles – including from any upstairs windows – just to make sure you are happy with it.
- Draw a simple plan of the area on a piece of paper and take it with you when you start measuring.
- Use the longest tape measure you can find and take all of your measurements in metres. Turf is sold by the square metre so this way you’ll avoid making mistakes with the maths when you convert from imperial to metric.
- Measure each side of your new lawn in turn and write the measurements down on your plan.
- Now measure them all again – just to double check.
Use your measurements to calculate the area in square metres
Here comes the maths...
Calculating the area of a square lawn
For a square or rectangular lawn, simply multiply the length by the width. That will give you the square meterage of your proposed lawn area.
If you have measured an area of 12.5 metres long by 5 metres wide, you will need 12.5 x 5 = 62.5 square metres of turf.
Your turf requirement will be 62.5 m2 which, if you are buying from Wimborne Turf is 63 rolls.
Calculating the area of a circular lawn
Circular lawns are my favourite. Here’s how to calculate how much turf you’ll need.
Measure the widest part of the circle – the diameter. I would advise checking the measurement a couple of times because it’s hard to find the very widest bit. Now divide that figure by 2 to get the radius.
Next comes a funny little sum.
Take the radius measurement and multiply it by itself. Then multiply that figure by 3.14. (mathematicians call that figure Pi, or ∏ )
For a circle that measures 24 metres at the widest part, the sums look like this
24 ÷ 2 = 12 (this is the radius)
12 x 12 x 3.14 = 452.16 or 453 rolls of turf
Make the maths easier
Wimborne Turf have a handy turf calculator on the website to save you the worry of working it all out. Simply type in your measurements and press “calculate”
Experience has taught us that it’s always wise to add 5-10% extra onto your order to allow for trimming and wastage. If you’re not sure of your measurements or you want us to check your calculations then please just give us a call. We’re always happy to help.
Need help laying a lawn?
Wimborne Turf offer a supply and lay service. All you need to do is call us and arrange a time for one of our team to come along and take measurements. We’ll get back to you with a quote and if you’re happy with it, we can arrange a date to create your beautiful new lawn.
- Alex Mason