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I have a large number of wild strawberry plants growing in my lawn. How can I eliminate them without killing the grass?
By Lionel from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Do you really want to get rid of wild strawberries? They are so delicious. Whole grass lawns are so yesterday. See if you can accommodate the strawberries plants.
They are not true strawberry plants and do not produce edible fruit. They are highly invasive and have taken over our entire yard. No one should "accommodate" such an invasive plant.
Personally, I do not like to eat wild strawberries, but they are not poisonous. My mother used to make Wild Strawberry wine every year and got joy just picking those little berries. I never tasted to wine because I do not drink alcoholic beverages. Because the berries are not sweet, I cannot imagine the wine was good.
How do I eliminate wild strawberry plants in my lawn?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Lionel Johns from Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
Suzanne from Herndon, VA
Wild strawberries are one of the more difficult perennial broad-leaf weeds to control, especially once they've taken over. This is because they reproduce from runners, which makes them difficult to remove from turf. The runners can link to plants several feet away, so when removing them by hand, care needs to be taken to insure all of the plants and plant parts have been removed. Dense grass makes it difficult for wild strawberries to grow, so your wise to try and crowd them out with good turf management practices.
I'm afraid one of the best ways to control them is by hand and repeated attempts will probably be necessary. Their appearance is usually an indicator of acidic soil, so regular applications of lime may encourage the grass to grow while discouraging the strawberries. I have found that pulling them up by hand and then letting my grass grow longer (3 1/2 - 4 inches) eventually crowds them out. Perennial broad-leaf weeds are easiest to gain control over in the late summer or early fall.
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At one time our back yard was over run by wild strawberries. My husband just mowed extra low one time and they never came back. Good luck. (04/21/2006)