Visual Explanation Of How Big Is A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn

To help you better visualize the size of a 4,000 square feet lawn, I decided to relate it to things most people are already familiar with and can imagine the size. Below are 3 ways you can relate to something you already know to understand how big this lawn is.

A 4,000 square feet lawn is the same size as about 20 standard parking spots at a parking lot, or a typical residential city lot, or a little less than a basketball court.

Let’s look into the details of these illustrations and understand them in order to easily relate to them later when you need to.

A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn In Relation To Common Sizes

As I already said above the easiest way to visualize this area is to think of a parking lot. A typical parking space at any shopping mall is around 180 square feet. To get 4,000 square feet, you’d need a little over twenty of these parking spaces side by side. It is very easy for me to relate to this. I hope it is for you also.

4000 square feet lawn - parking spots

Another way to relate this area is to a think of a size of a typical city lot. Imagine a what a city lot is and it is usually approximately 4,500 to 5,000 square feet. So, imagine the area that is a little smaller than this for a 4,000 square feet.

4000 square feet lawn - city lot

For those that are into sports, here’s an illustration for you. A basketball court, which is roughly 4,700 square feet. Your lawn of 4,000 square feet is a little less than this court.

4000 square feet lawn - basketball court

What’s a Square Foot?

Ok, this may be basic but I need to cover it in this article to complete the explanation for those that may not know what a square foot is. If you already know, just skip to the next section.

Square footage is a measurement of area, quantifying space in feet. Think of it as counting the number of one-foot squares that fill an area. It’s a key tool in understanding size and planning use of space. For instance, if you know your lawn is 1,000 square feet, you can calculate how many plants to buy, or what sprinkler coverage is needed. In essence, square footage helps turn the abstract idea of size into a practical guide for decision-making.

Common Lawn Sizes

Next time you need to understand what a certain square footage of a lawn is, you can think of these three examples. A city lot home, a suburban home, and a country home. The ranges these 3 lawn sizes fall in will give you all the understanding you will need, to quickly know the area you’re dealing with.

City Lot Home Lawn Size

The 4,000 square feet lawn you’re thinking about is like the one you would see at a home that is more on a corner lot of a standard city block in a city or one in a dense subdivision. The corner lot will have more lawn than the normal city lot.

These small lawns are common in city homes, they can be from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet in size. 1,000 is more on the normal city lots and the 5,000 would be on the corner lots, and your 4,000 would be right around the same area, just a little smaller.

They are not huge, but not as small as the tiny ones. They provide a manageable outdoor space for relaxation and play. Though requiring regular maintenance, it serves as a rewarding personal retreat within urban surroundings. It lets the homeowner feel like they have a lawn to take care of, but at the same time it takes less time and resources to keep it pristine.

City home

Suburban Home Lawn Size

A common suburban home that is out on a prairie or just outside the city where there is still space to spread out, typically has a lawn size spanning from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. And this is just in the front yard. They probably have much more in the back.

These big lawns provide lots of space for all kinds of activities and landscaping opportunities. From plain grass, which some people enjoy, they can also be used to create a private sanctuary, to get away to and work with your hands.

suburban home

Country House Lawn Size

A house out in the boonies, with some acreage will have lawns that span over 10,000 square feet. They have the room, why not? Yes, it will take a lot of work keeping it maintained but it’s worth it.

They provide abundant space to just enjoy the green, freshly mowed space or to create some amazing landscaping on. These vast lawns are a lot of work to manage, so some people opt to only take care of a small portion of the yard and let the rest grow naturally.

country home

So next time you need to visualize the area, think, if the square footage is under 10,000 square feet, then you are dealing with a suburban home size lawn. If the square footage is under 5,000 square feet, then its more of a city lot home size of lawn. Anything over 10,000 square feet is a big big lawn.

Recreation Activities That Can Be Done On A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn

You would think this small lawn is too small to do anything on. You will be surprised how many things you can do and like it! Check these things out:

  • Gardening – You can grow flower beds or vegetable patches
  • Outdoor dining or BBQ area – This is great space to pave a small area and place your BBQ grill on it for a dedicated grilling station and set up a pick-nick table near by.
  • Small football or Soccer game – This is enough space to get a few friends together and kick or throw some ball around.
  • Play area for kids – Set up a swing set or a sandbox with soft grass still left over to enjoy.
  • Fire pit seating area – There is plenty of space for a fire pit and some lawn chairs around it.
  • Above-ground pool – You can easily put a 15′ above ground pool on this lawn and still have room to run around.
  • Dog run – Got a pooch? Let him or her enjoy the lawn and run their zoomies to the fullest.
  • Yoga or exercise space – To relax or compose your self, place a mat on the lawn and do some yoga poses.
  • Hammock or sun lounger relaxation area – There is definitely plenty of space to lounge around.
  • Gathering or party space – You will need some lawn furniture to enjoy this gathering but there is certainly the space for it.
  • Mini golf – you’re going to need to get that grass real short but there is space for this.
  • Lawn games – Oh, so many different games can be played on this lawn, like croquet or bocce ball, lawn bowling, horseshoes, badminton, frisbee and cornhole.

How Long Does It Take To Mow A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn?

If you got the chore to mow this lawn, you should be glad to find out that it will be a fairly quick one. If you are using a typical walk-behind lawn mower, it will take you only 30 minutes to mow this lawn. This is if you don’t have to empty the bag a couple of times. You can lose about 15 minutes to this unfortunate activity.

If any other unexpected situations occur you are going to lose more time. At that point, just round it off to an hour. This is still a quick chore, so awesome!

Maintaining A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn

Maintenance of a lawn requires 3 main things, grass seed, fertilizer and water. Here is a look at each one of those things so you can keep the lawn happy all year long!

Seeding New Lawn

For new lawns, you will need to use more seed than if you are just overseeding an existing lawn. It also depends on what type of grass you want to seed.

  1. Kentucky Bluegrass: 8 to 12 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  2. Perennial Ryegrass: 20 to 36 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  3. Tall Fescue: 32 to 40 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  4. Bermuda Grass: 4 to 8 lbs per 4,000 square feet.

Overseeding An Existing Lawn

When overseeding an exsting lawn you typically need about half the amount of seed than what you would use to seed a new lawn.

  1. Kentucky Bluegrass: 4 to 16 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  2. Perennial Ryegrass: 10 to 18 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  3. Tall Fescue: 16 to 20 lbs per 4,000 square feet.
  4. Bermuda Grass: 2 to 4 lbs per 4,000 square feet.


This is a really important case to read the application instructions on your specific fertilizer. If you don’t, there is a great chance that you will kill your grass.

Now that that is out of the way, typically, a recommended amount is 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. If you are using a 20-5-10 fertilizer, that contains 20% nitrogen, you would need 20 lbs. of fertilizer to give you the 4 pound of nitrogen to your 4,000 square feet lawn. But, please, read the application instructions.


When it comes to maintaining this lawn, it really doesn’t matter how big or small it is for watering. The lawn wants about 1.5 inches of water per week. How you apply it all depends on what you are using to apply it.

A typical sprinkler system rains down 1 inch of water in about 1 hour. So running them for 25 minutes, three times a week, will do it.

Potential Cost Of Maintaining A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn

There are different costs involved with maintaining a lawn, this is why we are going to look at each individual thing you may want to do.

  1. Lawn Mowing: Buying a lawn mower alone can ranging from $100 to $500 for a basic model, but it will only use a 1 to 2 gallon of gas to mow this size of a lawn. With gas being $3.95 per gallon right now, the single mow will cost about $7.88.
  2. Watering: With an average cost of water in the US, is about $0.01 per 5 gallons (and you need 2492 gallons per week), it will cost about $21.40 per month to water you 4,000 square feet lawn. In dry areas, this can be a significantly more.
  3. Fertilizer: A bag of lawn fertilizer can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 and you may need 4 of them, plus this might be needed a few times a year, depending on the needs of your specific lawn.
  4. Grass Seed: If you’re reseeding your lawn, a bag of grass seed can range from $20 to $60, depending on the type of grass.
  5. Weed and Pest Control: These products can range from $10 to $50 per treatment, and professional services will cost more.
  6. Aeration and Dethatching: Rental equipment for aeration or dethatching can be around $60-$100 per day.
  7. Miscellaneous: Costs can also come from items such as hoses, sprinklers, gardening tools, and time spent on lawn care.

What It Costs To Hire A Service To Mow A 4,000 Square Feet Lawn?

Typically, if you hire a service to come and mow your 4,000 square feet lawn, it can cost from $30 to $80 per 1,000 square feet, so for a 4,000 square feet lawn it can be $120 to $320. It can also be cheaper per mow if you purchase a year plan with them.

Hiring a teenager in your neighborhood to mow it can be less, about $20 $30 per mow.

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