Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This is a frequently asked question and a real problem for homeowners. Many homeowners do not have a real sense of how big their property is. They may remember when they bought the house because the measurements where clear in their head. I think it is150 feet by 75 feet or was it 125 feet by 50 feet, I’m not sure?
It is difficult to purchase the proper amount of lawn products if you are not sure of the property size you are fertilizing or treating with a pesticide. Obviously applying too much or too little of a product can be detrimental to the lawn and the environment. Applying too much fertilizer can “burn” the grass and perhaps kill it; the fertilizer cannot be absorbed by the grass plant and could also leach into groundwater. Applying too little fertilizer leaves a weak, spindly grass plant that lacks color, vigor and the nutrients necessary to survive heat and drought stress.
If you do not know how big your lawn is, I suppose that you do not want to use a yard stick or find the 12 foot tape measure in the tool box and spend an hour measuring your property. Do you have a measuring wheel? Probably not. You could find your survey and figure it out from there, where is that darn survey? If none of these works, you can measure your property fairly accurately by counting the steps it takes to measure its length and width if your property is basically a square. If you are of average height, if you take steps that are slightly bigger than your normal steps, each step is about 3 feet in length. After you have walked one length of your property, you multiply the number of steps you took times 3 feet and that is the total length in feet. You then step the same method along the other edge of your property. Once you have these two measurements, multiply them to get the total square feet of your property.
Here is an example: Across the front of your property you took 25 steps x 3 feet = 75 feet. Across the side of your property you took 38 steps x 3 feet = 114 feet. Multiply 75 feet x 114 feet =8,550 square feet of property. Now you have to deduct the non-lawn areas like the house, driveway and sidewalks, landscape beds, etc. By measuring or approximating these areas you deduct them from your total of 8,550 square feet. On average, this property would be close to 5,000 square feet. If your property is not a general square lot, you have to do some more homework to accurately measure your square footage.
Finally, we have calculated how big our property is. This is important to buy the correct size bag of Jonathan Green grass seed or fertilizer product. The packages tell you how much coverage you can expect from each bag. Note that most grass seed bags indicate “new lawn” coverage and an “over-seeding” rate. The new lawn rate is half the coverage of the over-seeding rate. Most of our fertilizer and control products are sold in 5,000 or 10,000 or 15,000 square foot sizes. If your lawn is in between 5,000 to 10,000 square feet it doesn’t matter that much if you apply too much grass seed. However, with fertilizers you may need to buy more coverage than you need and then properly store the leftover product preferable in a cool, dry place, with the bag sealed closed with tape in a secure shed or basement area away from children and pets until next time you use it.Back