Calculating the Amount of Sod Needed

Need Help Calculating the Amount of Sod Needed for Your Yard?

Call 281-431-7441 for help.  In this video, Michael Romine talks about calculating the amount of sod needed for your yard.  If you have questions, please call us or send us an email using our contact form.  Please also check our website for information about selecting the right variety of grass for your project — we carry Raleigh St. Augustine, Floratam St. Augustine, Palmetto St. Augustine, Tifway 419 Bermudagrass, TexTurf 10 Bermudagrass, and Palisades Zoyisa grass.


Here’s a summary of Michael’s instructions for calculating the amount of sod needed for your project.

This is the most simple way I can tell you to figure out how much grass you’re going to need for your yard, and therefore what its going to cost. When we go out to someone’s yard to measure for a grass sod installation, we divide the yard into squares and rectangles and then measure each square and rectangle, calculate the area and add the measurements together.   

Calculating the amount of sod needed for your yard
Calculating the amount of sod needed for your yard

We know that the average-sized person takes about a 3 foot step. So if you take seven 3 foot steps that’s 21 feet by another seven steps it’s 21 feet.  An area of 21 by 21 feet is 450 square feet or one pallet. If you take five steps this way and you run into a fence that means you have nine steps this way and that’s going to be one pallet and if you can just keep that seven steps by seven steps in your mind, and that’s really the way that when I go out and look at the yard that’s exactly the way I do it.

I don’t carry a tape measure. I don’t have a measuring wheel and it’s pretty dang accurate. Then of course you use those figures for the number of pallets needed and multiply by the price per pallet, and that will give you a real good idea about the price of the project.

At Houston Grass South, we’re confident that we’re delivering top quality grass to our customers because we know where our grass comes from.  We harvest our grass sod from our family farm in Bay City, TX, and we’ve been in the grass sod business there for more than 30 years.  Don’t take a chance on the quality of the grass sod that will define your project for years to come.  We’re proud to say that our grass sod is the best in Houston and we offer our sod at great prices too!

Call us at 281-431-7441 or use our contact form to send us an email for more information or a quote.  If you’d like to pick up your grass at our office, we’re located just off Highway 6 on FM 521 (McKeever Road), which is a few miles east of Sienna Plantation.  Come see us!