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Strawberries vs clover

 
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Will White Clover down-out strawberries? I have some growing near each other, and I wondered if the white clover would negatively impact the strawberries when they meet up.
 
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I have a mix of June Bearing Strawberries, Cilantro, and white clover recently started under my 1yr grape vines. I predict they will be fine since the strawberries and cilantro can get a little hieght on them. I will let you know by the end of the summer...

Everbearing strawberries tend to get a little larger from my understanding. Less runners though.
 
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They are both pretty invasive. but the dutch clover will win. After 3 year strawberry get really "infected/afflicted" with soil nematodes. And just cant keep up the good fight. Even without the clover after 3 years it is all downhill for the strawberries.
 
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Hmm, I wonder whether a bed with a large oyster mushroom population could counter those nematodes, as they have been shown to actively prey on these worms.
 
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How does red clover compare to white clover?
 
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William Bronson wrote: Hmm, I wonder whether a bed with a large oyster mushroom population could counter those nematodes, as they have been shown to actively prey on these worms.


My thoughts exactly, or an extract of exudate from oyster mycelium has also proven effective against nematodes.
 
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Jordan Struck wrote:How does red clover compare to white clover?


As i understand it, white clover has aggressive horizontal stems which encourage a spreading habit and make it more difficult to get rid of once it gets started.
Red clover grows vertical stems from a crown, which die back after being cut or flowering. I'm going to try to grow crimson clover, which has a similar habit to red clover, and salad greens with my ever bearing strawberries this year. The clover tops should be cut off when it starts to flower, or you can let it reseed itself.
 
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The clover will choke them right out. I speak from hard experience on this one; I've spent countless hours pulling clover from my strawberry beds. I planted the beds with dutch white clover after the strawberries had grown up a bit, thinking white clover stays pretty short so it wouldn't cause problems. I don't know if the particular strain of dutch white that I used is taller and more prolific than others, but it started severely choking them out and it is very hard to remove on account of the horizontal stems mentioned above.

Red clover doesn't spread nearly as easily as white, but it does get very tall so I would stay away from it for this purpose. You might want to consider birds foot trefoil if you want a nitrogen fixer...
 
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