Visual Explanation Of How Big Is A 500 Square Feet Lawn

To help you better visualize the size of a 500 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 500 square feet lawn is the same size as about 2.5 standard parking spots at a parking lot, or a studio apartment, or a standard 2-car garage.

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 500 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 500 square feet, you’d need a little under 2.5 of these parking spaces side by side. It is very easy for me to relate to this. I hope it is for you also.

500 sqft - 2.5 Parking Spots

Another way to relate this area is to a typical living room in an average house. It is usually approximately 500 square feet. So, imagine the area that is in a living room and that is the size of this lawn.

500 sqft lawn - living room

I didn’t want to use another house/car related example but I couldn’t come up with anything else. Imagine the area a typical 2-car garage takes up, that is about 500 square feet.

500 sqft Lawn - 2-car Garage

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 four examples. A a small back yard, a city lot home, a suburban home, and a country home. The ranges these 4 lawn sizes fall in will give you all the understanding you will need, to quickly know the area you’re dealing with.

Small Back Yard Lawn Size

The 500 square feet lawn is like a small back yard in a typical suburban home. Yes, those are getting smaller and smaller. It’s just enough to let your dog run around in, or just a little green in your life to look at as you wit on the back patio. It is enough to make you feel like you have some lawn to take care of.

These small back yards can be from 300 to 1000 square feet in size.  Despite its moderate size, these small lawns offer various possibilities. They can be easily transformed into a compact garden, entertainment patio, or play area. Even a small kids pool or barbecue section can fit into it. With thoughtful landscaping, it can turn into a private green oasis, reflecting a balance between aesthetic appeal and practicality.

500 sqft backyard lawn

City Lot Home Lawn Size

The 1,000 square feet lawn is like the one you would see at a home that is on a standard city lot in a city or one in a dense subdivision. There is barely any lawn. This is a perfect size lawn to mow with a manual push-behind lawn mower. I used to have one of those and guess what? I had a lawn that was about 1,000 square feet.

These small lawns are common in city homes, they can be from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet in size. 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 500 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:

  • Playing small-space games like croquet, bocce ball, or horseshoes.
  • Setting up an inflatable pool for hot summer days.
  • Practicing outdoor yoga or Tai Chi.
  • Hosting small picnics or family gatherings.
  • Installing a small play structure for children.
  • Bird-watching or star-gazing.
  • Reading or relaxing in a hammock or lawn chair.
  • Setting up a small herb or vegetable garden for gardening enthusiasts.

How Long Does It Take To Mow A 500 Square Feet Lawn?

If you got the chore to mow this patch of lawn, you should be glad to find out that it will be a quick one. If you are using a typical walk-behind lawn mower, it will take you only 7 minutes to mow this lawn. This is if you don’t have to empty the bag. You would lose about 5 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 15 minutes. This is still a quick chore, so awesome!

Maintaining A 500 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: 1 to 1.5 lbs per 500 square feet.
  2. Perennial Ryegrass: 2.5 to 4.5 lbs per 500 square feet.
  3. Tall Fescue: 4 to 5 lbs per 500 square feet.
  4. Bermuda Grass: .5 to 1 lbs per 500 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: .5 to 1 lbs per 500 square feet.
  2. Perennial Ryegrass: 1 to 2 lbs per 500 square feet.
  3. Tall Fescue: 2 to 2.5 lbs per 500 square feet.
  4. Bermuda Grass: 0.25 to .5 lbs per 500 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 .5 pound of nitrogen per 500 square feet of lawn. If you are using a 20-5-10 fertilizer, that contains 20% nitrogen, you would need 2.5 lbs. of fertilizer to give you the .5 pound of nitrogen to your 500 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 1,000 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 1/8 to 1/4 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 $0.98.
  2. Watering: With an average cost of water in the US, is about $0.01 per 5 gallons (and you need 311 gallons per week), it will cost about $2.67 per month to water you 500 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 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 500 Square Feet Lawn?

Typically, if you hire a service to come and mow your 500 square feet lawn, it can cost from $20 to $30. 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 $10 per mow.

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