Measuring by SQ.FT. lawns not square?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JayD, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey guys, just thought I would throw this out there. How do you guys measure for square footage if the yard is odd shape like a pie/wedge shape or any other shape. It seems like anymore all these properties are goofy shapes.

    I know I can buy IGOlawn or what ever it is, but they just priced them self out of my range. I liked it and was just getting ready to buy a package from them and all of the sudden, the price jumped up to high for me...So I just do it the way I have always done done it, by wheel.
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Use high school trig fundamentals.
  3. signature lawns

    signature lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Great website that gives you a lot of tools. Allows you to trace the lawn areas only giving you exact square footage.
  4. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    don't measure sq. footage...just use approx. 1/8 acre, 1/4 acre, 1/2 acre, 3/4 acre, 1 acre and so on...if it's a little bigger or a little smaller no big deal...i don't think any yard is exactly 1/2 acre or's always a little more or a little need to get that technical about it...just use approx. measurements
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Trig fundamentals like stated by Roger. Make it a big square and divide it down. It doesn't have to be exact to a decimal point. Otherwise my county has an online database that I can pull everyones tax info up on. I get the total sq ft of the lot from there and just figure for the house and concrete and subtract. Don't make it too hard on yourself. Check with your county to see if ther is an online database for you.
  6. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    :laugh::laugh: I'v been out of school way to long to remember how to use it..Now that I think of it, I never had that class...
  7. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
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    So what is the promo code?
  8. oldclawn

    oldclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    try Google earth pro---very good, quick and the package is cheap if you have a lot of properties or estimates to do.
    Another average site is
  9. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    you can take measures about every 3-4 feet (length) and total the accumulative feet (all measurements) and divide it by times measured (avg) and do the same for width and then multiply the two avg. but that's why I just eyeball, cause PITA.
  10. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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