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On Minecraft, XBox 360 Edition, I have a 40x40 block area that I plan to build in, except for one small problem; almost all of it is covered in tall grass. What's the quickest way to clear all of this tall grass? NOTE: I would like the actual grass blocks to stay intact

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So no TNT then... – Zommuter Jul 10 '13 at 6:37
    
That's kinda the whole point :P . If I was willing to use TNT the entire biome would have been blown to kingdom come by now. – KrymeX Jul 10 '13 at 12:42
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Pour a bucket of water down. It will knock the tall grass/flowers/etc off the block.

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That's probably much more time efficient than my method of holding the mouse button then flailing the view wildly until everything is gone – RhysW Jul 10 '13 at 8:32
    
@RhysW: lol, that tends to be what I do as well :P – mellamokb Jul 10 '13 at 21:03
    
Why was my first reaction "Why not lava?" ? - I'm getting scared of myself. Well, why not Lava? Because Lava flows only 4 blocks away. – SF. Jul 11 '13 at 8:00
    
Because I don't want to start a 40x40 fire o.o – KrymeX Jul 12 '13 at 8:56
    
The reason why you don't use lava is because it actually blocks sunlight. – Nefer007 Nov 22 '15 at 18:23

I suggest you use fire, though be careful not to let it go out of control

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Control water by only placing one "block" of it at a time and then when it's covered the desired area, just pick it back up with a bucket.

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This was already stated by @Rapitor 2 years ago. – ardaozkal Nov 22 '15 at 18:38
    
While this is similar to the other answer, it does give details that are not explicitly present. It is quite possible that this would help someone who doesn't understand how to apply the original answer. – Brythan Nov 22 '15 at 20:25

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