# Measuring square footage question....

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jajwrigh, Jun 3, 2004.

1. ### jajwrighLawnSite Bronze MemberMale, from Martinsville, INPosts: 1,405

I understand that to calculate square feet you multiply length x width. What is the best technique for areas that have no straight sides? I am horrible at math...so this troubles me. My only though is to cut straight across the yard where possible to make as many measurable squares and rectangles as possible and estimate the "trimmings" around the edges. Anyone?

2. ### ThreeWideLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Georgia Z7Posts: 1,116

That method would work, but I've found the quickest way is to overlay a curved portion of the yard with a "best fit" rectangle.

We have many lawns where measuring the length is simple, but the width is where the curves are. I will normally walk off the length and then decide which spot is the average width considering the curves. Walk off the measurement of that width and you have a good estimate.

You could also walk off several widths and take the average of those to be more precise.

There will always be a margin of error, but for mowing and fertilization calculations it is too small to be a concern.