Transform Dirt to Grass in Minecraft: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you a Minecraft player looking to enhance your virtual world? One of the basic elements of Minecraft is dirt, which can be transformed into grass to improve the aesthetics, create a fertile ground for farming, and encourage animal spawning.

We will explore the process of turning dirt into grass, the benefits of doing so, the challenges you may face, and even some cheats or shortcuts to speed up the process.

Stay tuned to learn how to maintain your grassy landscape in Minecraft!

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a sandbox and survival video game developed and published by Swedish game developer Markus Persson, known as Notch. Released by Mojang Studios in November 2011, the game allows players to interact with a procedurally generated 3D world to build and mine while surviving one of two game modes. These modes are Creative mode, where players have no health or hunger and can build structures freely, and Survival mode, which adds a survival aspect to the game as players must find resources and blocks to build and survive against damage from environmental elements or entities. Other gamemodes exist as well including Hardcore mode, Adventure mode, and Spectator mode. As of May 2021, Mojang Studios reported 140 million active users.

What are the Basic Elements of Minecraft?

The basic elements of Minecraft are the naturally occurring features including: air, dirt and grass, water and ice, lava and magma cubes, stone as ore, gemstone (emerald and to a lesser extent diamond), sand, clay, various types of solid rock, natural noncarved wooden blocks (saplings, flanks, logs, and leaves). Many of these materials can be processed into usable blocks and devices including wooden planks, sticks, sandstone, smooth stone slabs and stairs, bricks, glass, hardened clay, terracotta, lime terracotta, flower pot, greenery for flower pots, etc.

What is Dirt in Minecraft?

Dirt in Minecraft is a naturally-occurring resource used in construction and farming. It is a block that serves as a medium for plants that can grow without being directly on grass or farmland. It can also serve as a temporary floor of any building while another building material is collected. Dirt drops as a resource when breaking grass or fern (on which it naturally is at first) and may be picked up by the Player.

Dirt blocks will be destroyed as an environmental hazard for other activities such as jumping up and down in anger, and will automatically fill any cavity within itself if there is no other block against which to reshape itself. Dirt generally loses its proper properties but can be swapped around or collected by using shovels. Even without a tool, it takes 0.4 seconds to break with the hand.

How to Turn Dirt into Grass in Minecraft?

Dirt can turn into grass in Minecraft by either letting time pass naturally or by using Silk Touch shears to harvest Tall Grass or Mycelium. When players let nature take its course, they must accept that it takes time. Not only does exposed dirt turn into grass on its own, but other blocks with exposed dirt next to them will also turn into grass. It takes the most resources, but this is the easiest way to convert large swaths of dirt into grass.

Alternatively, players can aggressively speed up the process of turning dirt into grass by using Silk Touch shears to cut down Tall Grass or Mycelium then place them onto dirt they want to turn into grass. Simply right-click with the Silk Touch shears when on PC, press z+LT on the Xbox, tap R2 on PlayStation, or press the seven key on the PE touch screen to cut grass.

What are the Required Materials?

Minecraft requires 100 dirt blocks and the version of Minecraft must have the Village & Pillage update to dye grass into a particular color when converting dirt to grass. These are the only two materials required to execute the process, as they are the only items that need to be placed to get grass.

What are the Steps to Turn Dirt into Grass?

The steps to turn dirt into grass in Minecraft include making sure that the dirt you are using gets enough natural light or is exposed to enough articial lighting. If the tilled dirt gets at least a light level of 4 enough light, then dirt blocks turn into grass blocks over time.

If dirt blocks are underground or somehow in total darkness, you can add artificial light such as torches. Adding water to the tilled dirt helps with the growth of the grass and provides an optimal appearance for grass to grow.

What are the Benefits of Turning Dirt into Grass in Minecraft?

The benefits of turning dirt into grass in Minecraft include the fact that once dirt turns into grass, it does not need sunlight (torch) support and does not allow enemies such as zombies of skeletons to spawn. Grass changes the surface color and appearance from dirt to grass blocks and can spread to all other dirt blocks around it. Hostile mobs will not spawn and they can be used to attract most ground-based passive mobs who will seek out the grass block and take shelter.


The layer of minecraft dirt below a new layer of grass adds visual depth and realism since real lawns, greenery, or other surfaces in nature are plant-covered soil. This is useful for builds such as gardens, landscapes, or other outdoor scenes where the exposed dirt layer provides a preliminary texture for the green grass layer. Soil can be added, for instance, to a brick pathway and if grass covers the soil, it forms an appealing pathway.


Farming is how players grow any type of crop, seed, or flower in Minecraft which you can use to grow grass. The process of planting grass is the same for all variants. These are the stages needed to plant grass in a new farm:

  1. Pick a location devoid of grass and with dirt blocks for your farm.
  2. Build fences or pass torches around the area to protect your farm from passing animals or monsters. This is important when you are starting.
  3. Pick a few seeds of your preferred crop, or flowers, or seeds (to get new grass elsewhere).
  4. Get a hoe and clear the area you are planning to use to farm. You will see brown soil showing up. If your crops are the natural type, you can take out the seeds with the hoe from grass and start planting the seeds. If man-made seeds, planting works the same. Technically, planted grass will appear even with minimal upkeep even when first planted if the right conditions are met. The important conditions include the light level, no presence of other soil, and no artificial use that might harm natural grass.

This video covers the process well with visuals.

Animal Spawning

Once the vegetation starts growing across the barren field, players can spawning animals to start enjoying the benefits of a grassy field.

Grass or dirt turning into grass or path blocks is a requirement for attracting animals. According to the Minecraft community, there currently appears to be a bug in the game that stops animals from pathfinding if the fields are 100% covered by grass but blocks the formation of dirt or path blocks. Surveying the Minecraft forums and Reddit, players recommend a maximum of 90% coverage to help cure this situation and allow the dirt to turn into grass and path blocks. After animals have discovered and used the new terrain to pathfind, players can use leads to guide the animals around. Leads allow players to tether an animal and cause others around it to follow. Rice is required to make a lead, and then you can right-click an animal to attach it. There are some which cannot attach to leads like some dolphins and axolotls. Leads drop if the animal dies or if you hit an animal with it equipped, and can be reattached (if the animal is faster than you can run).

What are the Challenges of Turning Dirt into Grass in Minecraft?

The challenges of turning dirt into grass in Minecraft are any processes that prevent light levels 4 or lower from reaching the dirt block. This typically means the player has to wait a total of one in-game day for the grass block to grow if the dirt block was just exposed to light levels above 4 for the first time. Alternatively, one can use bone meal to instantly grow grass on the dirt, or the player can use the /setblock command to instantly remove the dirt block and replace it with grass.

Time-consuming Process

The first way of getting dirt to turn into grass in Minecraft is to wait for a random update. This is the time-consuming process wherein after a specific amount of time, a random update will activate and turn dirt into grass. According to, the conditions under which a random update will occur are NOT fully understood. In general, over time, dirt blocks that are adjacent to grass blocks will slowly convert into another block of grass, regardless of any light level. However, at any time that the world is being manipulated, there is a 1% chance for every chunk of the world to automatically receive a grass spread update. Grass will spread from one of any face of any grass block with a light level of >=9 on it that has direct contact with air (but not from below of a grass block that is above another block) to any dirt block which has an unremoved visual grass node on it that is lit at >=4.

Visual grass nodes are how the grass algorithm keeps track of which blocks in the environment can potentially have grass. For every tick that the grass block remains dark dirt or grass block away from a block which can lose or gain grass spread blockage, the probability of the algorithm making a grass spread updates increase, with a consensus appearing to be that the maximum probability of a grass spread update for a specific dirt block is 4 weeks (23814 ticks or 95 minute playing time). If a random update for grass spread occurs, the bottom texture on the grass block changes to the top texture on the card where it is located.

Limited Resources

Grass expansion is slow and thereby builds over time in Minecraft. If you have an area that is over sixty-four blocks of dirt, wait for expanded areas to swell and then dig out the extra area and remove any grass over dirt square to encourage grass block expansion onto newly bare spots.

Consider covering a large area of dirt for a short period with either accessible wood, leaves, or light-weight blocks that you have in surplus to prevent grass from expanding and expanding more of it into stretches where it may not have the living resources to thrive.

Because the dirt needs to be in an area with a Light Level of 9 or higher, filling and leaving a flatrock covered area won’t spawn grass. The opposite strategy can be applied to a large collection of empty stretches of grass blocks. Not only does this increase the likelihood of starting growth, it also adds more of a buffer to maintain the grass as it grows.

Risk of Losing Progress

When grass is grown or spread over dirt blocks in Minecraft, any block on which it grows stays grassy even when the grass block is removed. Meaning when grass spreads to grassless dirt blocks, those blocks stay grassy regardless of whether the original grassy block is destroyed or replaced by non-grass blocks.

If a grassy block is removed from a group of dirt blocks, the blocks it `infected` with grassiness will remain grassy.

Keep in mind that if too many animals trample the grass, your under-construction mega-base may suffer short-term losses, as they are turning the grassy dirt blocks into simple dirt blocks.

Temporary Solution: Dig out a layer of dirt, lay your grassy dirt blocks with the tops covered with a transparent block like glass or slabs, and then on top of that lay the second layer of dirt which the mobs can trample. Mobs above which you want to force grass growth can be accommodated, ensuring that grass spreads to their location even after they have trampled the current grass seed-ling which it grew to that location.

Are There Any Cheats or Shortcuts to Turn Dirt into Grass in Minecraft?

There are cheats to turn dirt into grass in Minecraft, but the object most commonly used to turn dirt into grass in Minecraft is with Bonemeal. If you don’t want to wait for grass to spread from a grassy dirt block, you can force it to appear with Bonemeal. Bonemeal is a fertilizer that speeds up the growth of trees, crops, and grass in the game. Using Bonemeal on a normal grass block next to a section of dirt will encourage grass to grow on the dirt blocks more quickly.

Bonemeal can either be used in creative mode by left-clicking or by right-clicking on a grass block in survival mode. This greatly simplifies the process of turning dirt into grass if time is of the essence.

Using Bonemeal

In Minecraft, if dirt turns to grass and dirt blocks fill in with grass, they turn into dirt with grass, meaning the only way to get dirt filled in with grass is to allow dirt blocks on the edge of grass-only blocks to be overgrown. Bonemeal is the fertilized product resulting from bone blocks being crushed and then put into a crafting table. Bonemeal can instantly cause grass to be overgrown on dirt blocks. Location matters – if you are attempting to get grass only on areas that were previously dirt, surrounding the new grassy area with grass-only blocks and bonemeal is the best approach to spread grass on them.

Using Commands

Using commands in Minecraft is the easiest way to instantly convert dirt into grass without the need to wait for natural regeneration or rainfall. This method of turning dirt into grass is not only quicker than having to wait for the grass to naturally turn the dirt green, but it conserves resources as you do not have to expend extra effort to collect seeds to plant grass in order to turn the dirt into grass. This is why using commands could be one of the best methods to transform a dirt block into grass under the assumption that grass is the desired type in the given scenario.

Using commands to turn dirt into grass saves time and resources and allows millions of blocks to change into grass rapidly and without the need for planting in every revealed area. For turn dirt blocks into grass in Minecraft at one’s own discretion using commands, the player or user must have enabled Cheats in World Options tab when creating a world, and then the command block must be used with the help of the cheat.

To use commands to change dirt into grass on Minecraft follow these simple steps:

  1. Type F3 + P to toggle game pausing
  2. Pause the game and type /setblock ~ ~ ~ grass_block
    While unpaused hit F3+P again

How to Maintain Grass in Minecraft?

You maintain grass in Minecraft by keeping it from turning back into dirt. This can be primarily done by making sure that the grass block has a transparent block above it to prevent the default game mechanic of decay. Tilling the soil with a hoe in easy mode further lowers the chances of decay.

It is also important to keep the adjacent blocks as grass as well. This will ensure that even when the players build temporary structures over the grass blocks, or break nearby blocks, the grass regrowth is not disturbed. The advantage of the migration method of obtaining grass from one area to another is also relevant for the maintenance of dirt. Shovel the dirt in areas you do not want grass and put it in areas you do, then use the methods above to naturalize the new dirt.

You can convincingly maintain grass in initially barren lands, such as man-made islands, with the aid of high-ore or jungle plants. Pour two junk blocks into one area & then do so with grass on the alien soil. Keep repeating the process to propagate grass to areas without it.

You can also maintain grass blocks in animal pastures by fencing them in, as the grass blocks are more protected this way.

Grass decays under the following conditions in Minecraft. This is important to know if you want to maintain grass:

Locality no longer acknowledged: Grass blocks that are not connected or adjacent to any dirt blocks will eventually turn back to the default dirt block.

Air block not occluded: If the grass block is not occluded or protected from the sky by another fully solid block, it becomes exposed to the environment and turns back to a default dirt block. Fences will prevent this.

Iteration: This occurs if a block or mob jumps on the grass block. The chances and internal mechanics are ambiguous, but this will cause the grass block to lose health points until it vanishes, exposing the dirt block below.

Time: The longer the grass block is in a barren environment, the more likely it becomes that decay will occur.

Avoid Trampling

Grassland in Minecraft spreads faster the less it is walked on. Encourage faster conversion of dirt paths by keeping the number of trampling entities to a minimum.

By this I mean keeping down the number of animals walking on a specific area and not stepping too much in that area yourself. It is worth noting planting grass blocks from well-trodden dirt gravels or even from coarse dirt directly to spread grass across the desired expanse, as opposed to breaking paths in pre-existing grass patterns.

Watering the Grass

Grass in Minecraft grows on dirt blocks when either “attended” or “unattended”. Grass is attended when there are players or entities close to the dirt blocks it wants to spread to and it spreads after 1 to 10 minutes. During this time it has a new texture while it is growing, and players are unable to jump on the block or destroy it until it has regrown into its full configuration.

Grass is unattended when natural random block ticks occur that update it, and it spreads after 2 to 15 minutes. Another way to say that attended grass spreads quickly and unattended grass spreads slowly is that grass spreads faster when it is being watered either by the Minecraft world’s own rules which you can help it along, or by the assistance of its upstream neighbors watering it, so it spreads faster on its way downstream.

Using Fertilizer

  • Trees: Dirt blocks can provide a foundation of soil for tree runners such as oak, spruce, and birch.
  • Grass Blocks: When dirt turns into grass, officially called grass blocks in Minecraft, they spawn a variety of new entities, including wheat and flowers. However, as of version 1.16 in the Java Edition of the game and version 1.19 in the Bedrock Edition, grass blocks are not required for the spawn of passive mobs such as sheep or chickens.
  • Mycelium: When dirt turns into mycelial soil, it can create otherworld flora and portals under the right conditions.
  • Podzol: Dirt turning to podzolic soil is similar to mycelium, with a focus on unique and peculiar flora in Minecraft.

Different soils yield different kinds of flora and farming possibilities in the world of Minecraft. For example, grass blocks transform into grass paths when used with a shovel, and are used with hay or as parts of aesthetic flooring, carpets, or backgrounds. Mycelium is not directly usable but is needed to grow nether mushrooms and can spread to grass blocks in the right specifications, helping fuel the grass plant growth process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I turn dirt into grass in Minecraft using my bare hands?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to turn dirt into grass using your bare hands in Minecraft. You will need to use specific tools or items in order to transform the dirt into grass.

What tool do I need to use to turn dirt into grass in Minecraft?

The most common tool used to turn dirt into grass in Minecraft is a hoe. You can use any type of hoe, including a wooden hoe, stone hoe, iron hoe, golden hoe, or diamond hoe.

Can I speed up the process of turning dirt into grass in Minecraft?

Yes, you can speed up the process by using bone meal on the dirt block. Simply right-click the dirt block with bone meal and it will instantly turn into grass.

Is there a way to turn a large area of dirt into grass at once in Minecraft?

Yes, you can use the “grass spread” feature by placing a grass block next to the dirt block you want to transform. This will cause the grass to spread to the surrounding dirt blocks.

How long does it take for dirt to turn into grass in Minecraft?

It can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes for dirt to turn into grass in Minecraft, depending on the method used. Using bone meal will speed up the process significantly.

Are there any other methods for turning dirt into grass in Minecraft?

Yes, you can also use a Silk Touch enchanted tool on a grass block to obtain it and then place it on the dirt block you want to transform. This will also turn the dirt into grass.

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