Anyone have any thoughts about this... I have wild strawberries growing
everywhere. The fruit is tiny and maybe 1 in 10 wasn't bitter, but not
sweet either. Anyway just for the hell of it I started mowing around it
when it's flowering and bearing fruit. For some reason this year the
fruit is much larger and most of it tastes neutral and some of it is
actually a little sweet! So I've been letting it go in the gardens for
about a year and it seems like it will be a very nice ground cover. it
isn't taking over anything but open space. Well in the lawn it may be
taking over some grass, but I don't mind it... so far.
Anyone have any experience with this? I'd like to put it on steroids
and sick it on the Bermuda grass! As is I don't think it will crowd out
the Bermuda grass, but I can hope can't I?
I'm tending to to this in areas where I have slopes and have been trying
to establish ivy. My problem is deer and while most people curse ivy as
evasive, it's not evasive here. There are native plants, some weeds,
that the deer do not eat and now I'm just letting them grow.
I don't see ivy and wild strawberries having the same light requirement.
Where my wild strawberries are, the english ivy would die back from too
much sun. Ivy needs more shade. Managing wild strawberries isn't hard
and it may be a good ground cover, it grows well in rocky and poor
terrain. I'm neutral at the moment.
There are native plants, some weeds,
On 6/8/2010 3:04 PM, Jeff Thies wrote:
Ivy needs more shade. Managing wild strawberries isn't hard
In what zone does your ivy live? Mine is thriving wildly in sun and
shade and everywhere else, I hate it! I wish the sellers had just kept
to the vinca and pachysandra that's mixed in.
I'm in USA zone 7.
There's a very beautiful and extremely invasive ground cover (rhizome),
houttounyia (sp?) that is colorful and bright and goes EVERYwhere.
Me too. I'm in Atlanta, 7b.
I speak mostly about english ivy. I had quite a bit along the sides
and it took me forever to figure out why it was dying back in stretches.
The covering Dogwoods were losing branches and opening up sunshine. As
it is now, the ivy cover tracks with the shade line.
I have some other ivies, all living in shade.
This is all anecdotal on my part, but enough to convince me.
You can pull up the ivy, it's some chore, but works to keep it in check.
well, i tried in one area, we had a rather
large area devoted to hollyhocks.
in that same area i planted some creeping
jenny which has almost covered that large
area (growing in pretty much solid clay). most
of it is getting dug up and turned in now as we
are reshaping/rethinking that area.
the past few years i've let the wild strawberries
run over the creeping jenny and stopped fighting
the clover that was invading and just enjoyed the
phlox i had planted along the back (north edge)
of the honey suckles...
a few days ago they got mowed down (by the
management :) ) along with a lot of my phlox i
had worked so hard to get going in there...
so far the wild strawberries are coming back
just fine... so i expect they'll be ok eventually.
i imagine the phlox will recover too. the
goldfinches love the seeds on those phlox
when they get fat.
another area (sunny, west facing slope,
sand even!) has a small garden and i asked
the management to leave them alone there
to see if i could get some berries. i had a
few this year from them. :) i was hoping to
get more from the other patch, but they were
i wouldn't consider it a primary ground
cover, but if you think in terms of layers
and companion planting it does have nice
red leaves when they fade. just plan on
runners everywhere unless you go for
some alpine version...
This sounds right to me. I haven't seen wild strawberry anywhere as a
dense cover. It's loose and holey. It grows in poor conditions but is
easily out competed.
Let it fill it's nooks, but look for supplements.
That's why I called it a natural ground cover. It grows wild, I
certainly didn't plant it. Tasteless? In looks or flavor? You use an
edger along your sidewalk don't you?
That's "Indian strawberry", not Fragaria. Surely
Well yes, as seen in the pictures, there is moss growing also. Is that
also yucky to you?
As an "edible" the nicest thing I can say about it is it's harmless. It's
also that I wouldn't recommend any plant that's more common than crabgrass
in some places, and that I've spent so much time trying to control. Its
charm for me has long since worn off. Admittedly some of these do look
pretty healthy but my own experience has not been very good with it. You did
ask about experience.
Other plants to consider might be Fragaria, Mitchella repens, or Gaultheria
procumbens. Oh, and I like the moss too (but I don't think I'd eat it)
Best of luck.
I've let wild strawberry go wild this year in my clover patches (and
anywhere red clover came up is a clover patch). I like the looks of it
but haven't a clue how it will do through the summer.
It spreads well. It's pretty. It provides food for wildlife. It
doesn't crowd out my much desired red clover. it's comfortable to walk
on barefoot. Works for me.
Not all wild strawberry and ivy but they are both in picture I just took:
Still early in year and I suspect ivy will take over. This area is
close to house and not visited as often by the deer.
I was thinking of this area below house where some fine bladed weed has
taken over where I had been trying to establish ivy:
It looks decent and is in back of house that nobody sees.
I think the wild strawberry is somewhat tolerant of shade.
I think you are right. Susan and myself would like some deer to feed
on our ivy! The ivy takes 2 or 3 years to establish, and then you wonder
what you've done!
Looks pretty open, I would think sunny too.
Maybe clover? If it has enough light maybe some wildflower mix. I
have some pretty eclectic cover (some kind of Alyssum), mostly stuff I
found growing nearby and transplanted. No grass. How about something
If I lived in an upscale neighborhood, the neighbors would complain!
their back yards grow wild and then some neighbors that want to manicure
everything. I prefer it this way compared to large neighboring
developments that get bent out of shape if everything is not perfect.
I've only heard people from the west coastish areas having problems with
ivy. The say it smothers and kills trees. East coastish ivy seems to
do fine in almost full sun, for me anyway. Any that was in PA and now
in TN. We can get poison ivy that will smother and kill trees, but it's
pretty easy to walk around the trunk and cut all the poison ivy. No
need to remove it, soon it will be dead and allow sun to reach the tree
English Ivy will grow and smother trees in east TN. My parent planted
it in thier backyard up against the woods where it was very shady.
When they passed, after 25 years, it was smothering the trees along
the edge of the woods.
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