If you’re planning a landscaping project that involves adding compost, mulch, or soil, it’s important to know how much material you’ll need. Fortunately, you can use Google Satellite to estimate the area of your project, which can help you calculate the amount of material you’ll need. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Google Maps: Open Google Maps in your web browser.
- Find your location: Type in the address of the property where you’ll be doing the project.
- Switch to satellite view: Click the “Satellite” button in the bottom left corner of the screen to switch to satellite view.
- Zoom in: Use the zoom buttons or the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in on the area where you’ll be working.
- Measure the area: Click on the “Measure Distance” button in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, then select “Area”. Click on the corners of the area you want to measure, then double-click to close the shape.
- Calculate the cubic yards: Once you’ve measured the area, you can calculate the amount of material you’ll need by multiplying the area by the desired depth of material in feet and then dividing by 27. For example, if you have an area of 1000 square feet and you want to apply 3 inches of material, you would need 7.4 cubic yards of material (1000 x (3/12) / 27).
Tip: To compensate for settling of the material, it’s a good idea to order a little extra material than you think you’ll need. This will ensure that you have enough to complete your project.