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Wild strawberries?

 
                          
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Hi there,

I live right by a county park with plenty of wild life and much prefer to stay as organic as possible in any lawn and garden care. I keep my lawn the much-discussed way - organic fertilizer, mow high, mulch clippings, overseeding with tall fescue, etc. I have a few guests in there that I don't mind - clover, assorted weeds in small numbers.

However, my big problem are wild strawberries. They quickly crowd out the grass and are taking over. I tried manual removal so far but that is clearly a losing battle.

Are there any other suggestion for how to keep wild strawberries at bay without the use of harmful chemicals?

Thanks!
 
duane hennon
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i encourage wild strawberries. i pull the grass out  from around them.
they're much better on ice cream than grass clippings
strawberries expand by runners sending out new plants, with the runner just above the ground. I would leave some in a bed and put a plant barrier down about 4-5 inches around them to keep them in.
 
                          
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Well, it turns out that they aren't even real wild strawberries, since their flowers are yellow instead of white.

So they must be something like Mock Strawberries instead, which takes away the fruit aspect of it. But they are still spreading aggressively.
 
Jeanine Gurley
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I think I too have mock strawberries.  They don't taste like anything and they are spreading rapidly.  They do make a nice ground cover though and the chickens like them so I guess they serve a purpose.
 
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