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Yard sizing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cadzilla500, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. cadzilla500

    cadzilla500 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    How is everyone figuring the size of their yards. I am still going off a visual estimate, but I'm planning on stepping up my business next year. I was thinking of buying a measuring wheel to help determine the size, and to help keep my estimate in the ball park.
  2. LALawnboy

    LALawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    i've actually been thinking about doing the same. right now, i do the same as you, i just estimate. i live in the city, well suburbs, so i don't have to worry about acres or anything like that. but i have in mind exactly the size yard i do for my minimum price, and i work from there.
  3. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I use a range finder (400 yard) - The same one I take elk hunting. Stand at one corner, shoot the dimentions, and you are on your way.
  4. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    Once you start getting work in 1 community you will normally always know the size in that community. Measure 1 yard they are basically all the same there. With the exception of corner lots.
    there are also websites that tell you lot sizes. www.zillow.com ( i learned this from here.) just type in address and house comes up. With lot size.
  5. cadzilla500

    cadzilla500 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Those are some good suggestions, what is everyone else doing?
  6. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Cheap and dirty...I walk it off...my stride is about 3ft so multiply 3 by however many steps it takes to get from one end to the other...Not exact but close enough either way...
  7. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Eyeball is great. There are some areas that are half as small that take twice as long to cut because of the obstacles and terrrain. A tape measure will not account for this.

    You can buy a measuring wheel at lowes for about 50 bucks if you want to really be accurate, but then you have so many drives, pools, patios, beds, ect. to subtract out.

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