Picnicking in lush, green grass is a summer luxury. You can get the same effect without getting grass stains on your shorts by growing grass on the table. Yep, you read that right. A table with grass adds outdoor flair in a fun, yet delightful way.
Tabletop grass does not have to cover the entire table and could be done in dishes or trays to add some garden greenery.
Creating a Table of Grass
Grass-covered tabletops are trending recently and it's easy to see why. The startling green color, gently swaying blades, and even the smell of grass bring a much-needed brightness to a buffet, seated table, or outdoor picnic space. Tabletop grass can also be used to bring the outside indoors. A table of grass is a quirky addition to a garden party or another special occasion.
If your aesthetic is to have the entire length of the surface covered with greenery, there is a way of growing grass on the table – preferably outdoors. Get some window screen, which comes in rolls at most hardware centers. Cut a piece to fit the top of the table. Spread good soil evenly across the surface. You don't need much, just a few inches (7.5 cm.).
Sprinkle grass seed over the soil. Make sure you have an appropriate variety for your zone and the season. Dust soil over the seed and water. You may want to place another layer of mesh over the soil again to protect the project from birds. Water and wait.
Table with Grass Accents
Instead of grass-covered tabletops, you could also try adding trays, buckets, or whatever décor you wish, brimming with blades. The effect leaves room for food and tableware but still has the natural and fresh look of grass.
Find saucers or plastic containers that fit inside your chosen décor and have drainage holes poked in the bottoms. Fill with a small amount of soil. Spread seed on top. If you need fast arrangements, use ryegrass or wheatgrass. Sprinkle soil and water. When the plants are nice and full, transfer the plastic containers to decorator housings.
Another idea is to create splashes of green color in recycled pallets. Simply follow the instructions for adding grass to entire tabletops but only plant it in every other pallet slat. It will definitely be a conversation piece!
Caring for Your Table Grass
Since there is very little soil, you will need to water frequently. In full sun, that means as much as twice per day. Use a gentle spray to avoid damaging new blades. If you want the grass to look mowed, use scissors to cut it back.
If you have patchy areas, pull out dying grass and add fresh soil and seed. Water this and the area will fill in quickly.
This is a nice detail for the patio or an event that is both easy and economical.
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Bonnie Grant is a professional landscaper with a Certification in Urban Gardening. She has been gardening and writing for 15 years. A former professional chef, she has a passion for edible landscaping.