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Calculation of area.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 1BadHawk, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    If you have a mulch bed that is a strange shape, can you use a waking wheel to measer the perimeter then convert that to a rectangular shape to figure the area?

    For example, your perimeter of this odd shape bed is say, 58 feet. If you have a rectangle 1' x 28' (which has the same 58' perimiter) that would give you a quick area calculation.

    Is this right or am I experience a brain malfunction?

    Reason being, I figure if this holds true, then you can take a total walking measurement of all beds to create a single rectangle for easy calculation of total sq footage.

    5 beds 14' perimeters ea. = 70
    12 trees 4' perimeters ea. = 48
    118 total, = 58 sq ft total

    This can easily be done in your head by taking the total perimiter measurement, substract 2, then divide the remainder by 2 for your total sq footage.

    I knew I shouldnt have skipped so many algebra classes in high school. :rolleyes:
  2. wally world III

    wally world III LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    then, supply
    then, mulch
    put in width ---- length
    diameter of circle
    then, thickness ie: 2" --- 3" --- 4"
  3. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    Been there, done that. But in the field I dont have access to that web site, So I was trying to think of how I can come up with an accurate estimate. Got to thinking about the the math and thought you could work it out like I described?
  4. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    I think you are over thinking this. If it's an odd shape ,so what. Just measure the length and take an avg width. What I do is this, lets say a bed is 40 ft long but it's width is anywhere from 4-8 ft. I just do 40 x 6 =240 divided by 150 for a 2 inch coverage and thats it. Most homes today do not have perfectly rectangle beds ,so I don't try to be "exact".

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