How many rolls of turf do I need?

One of the big questions we get from customers when buying new turf is “How many rolls of turf do I need?” Luckily it’s a question that’s quite easy to answer, and it helps that Carbutts Turf is supplied in standard sized rolls, making it easier to calculate how many rolls of turf you need.

The important numbers you need are that each roll of Carbutts Turf measures in at:

You just need to know your lawn area in square metres, and the number of rolls of turf you need is roughly equal to that number, with just a few other things to take into account.

How to measure a lawn area

There are many ways to measure a lawn area. Depending on the size and shape of your lawn, you could use any of the following methods:

All of these methods assume you are laying a rectangular (or nearly rectangular) lawn, so calculating the area of turf is a simple matter of multiplying length by width in metres, to get area in square metres.

Calculating lawn area in square metres

Just in case you’re not confident about working with centimetres, metres and square metres, the calculation is simple – just convert any of your length measurements into metres to begin with.

In the example of the size of turf rolls available from Carbutts Turf, for instance, each roll is 41 cm x 249 cm. Just divide by 100 to turn that into 0.41 m and 2.49 m.

Multiply those together and you get 0.41 x 2.49 = 1.02 square metres. You can use the same method to determine your lawn size in square metres as a rough guide to how many rolls of turf you will need.

Measuring the area of irregular lawns

Of course not all lawns are rectangular, and measuring the area of irregular lawns can be more challenging, but remember that rolls of turf are long and narrow – you don’t lay a large rectangle of grass as a single piece.

Because of this, you can think of your lawn as a number of strips or stripes laid alongside one another. Each strip will be 41 cm wide and each roll of turf can cover up to 2.49 m long.

If you’re still finding it hard to visualise this, try drawing a scaled-down version of your lawn on to squared paper, with each square representing a sensible unit of distance – such as 20 cm for smaller lawns, 50 cm for larger lawns etc.

Once you know the area of each square on your paper, and have accurately drawn out the shape of your lawn, you can simply count up the squares to find the area of your lawn without doing any maths.

3 reasons why area is not the only factor

Calculating the area of a new lawn is the first step towards knowing how many rolls of turf you will need, for obvious reasons, but the final answer might still need some tweaking.

Here are three reasons why this might be the case:

  1. The length of your lawn might mean offcuts from the ends of each roll of turf are an awkward length, and it can be much easier to just add a couple of extra rolls rather than trying to patch multiple offcuts together neatly.
  2. Irregular edges to your lawn might also mean you have to cut rolls along their length, again leading to irregular and awkwardly shaped offcuts that you don’t want to use elsewhere.
  3. We can supply pallets of up to 60 rolls of turf – if you’re getting close to a full pallet, it’s often worth getting the extra rolls delivered anyway, to give yourself or your turf laying contractors more spare rolls to work with in any awkwardly shaped areas.

Don’t be afraid to tweak the size and shape of your lawn slightly either – it’s often easier to extend or reduce the size of a flowerbed or border slightly if it means you can use a full roll of turf with less cutting or joining.

And finally, if you’re still not sure about anything regarding the size, shape and area of your lawn, how to calculate lawn area in square metres and how that translates into the number of rolls of turf you need, give us a call! The Carbutts Turf team is here and happy to help.

Need help laying turf?

If you want to make sure your new lawn is laid properly, including cutting rolls of turf to fit where necessary, you might want to consider making use of the Carbutts Turf laying service.

We can prepare your soil first and lay the turf on top of it, or if your ground is already prepared, we can just lay the rolls of turf neatly on top.

This service is available to customers across the north-west via our approved contractors, saving you time and effort, and ensuring your new lawn is laid neatly, whatever shape it may be. Get in touch with us today and give your lawn a make over.