How to Grow Grass in Trays

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic or metal tray

  • Nail

  • Hammer

  • Fresh potting soil

  • Quick growing grass seed

  • Coffee filters


Wait until your grass is 3-inches high before its first cutting, then cut it back to 2 inches. Cut again every time it grows 1/2 inch.

Grow a miniature lawn for your desk or coffee table.

There's something soothing about a perfectly trimmed patch of green grass. The uniform color and thick texture invite the eye to linger and the fingers to touch. Bring a little bit of this ambiance into your home or office by creating a miniature grass landscape in a tray. Whether you add small figures for an amusing display or trim it short and leave it as a stark green statement, you can create your own miniature lawn with very little effort.


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Step 1

Purchase a plastic or metal tray that is 2-inches deep. The length and width of the tray don't matter; get one that fits in the area you wish to decorate. You may use recycled baking pans, plastic trays or shallow planters.

Step 2

Punch holes on the bottom of the tray using a hammer and nail. Space the holes in a regular pattern, 3-inches apart.

Step 3

Fill the tray with a 1 1/2-inch layer of fresh potting soil. Do not reuse soil from other planters as they will have fewer nutrients and may harbor weed seeds or diseased organisms.


Step 4

Sprinkle a thick layer of grass seed over the soil. Use a fast-growing variety of seed, like wheatgrass, fescue or oatgrass.

Step 5

Sprinkle the soil and seeds with water to dampen them. Cover the seeds with a layer of dampened coffee filters. Place the tray in a warm spot until the seeds begin to sprout. Be sure to keep the coffee filters damp.

Step 6

Remove the coffee filters when the grass has started to sprout. Place the grass in a sunny window or under a grow lamp. Keep the soil moist, but not wet by misting it daily.



Victoria Bailey

Victoria Bailey

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.