We have a small garden (approx. 10' x 20') in our back yard with some
strawberries in it. I'm in Southern California, and right now it's a
combination of weeds, dead grass, and green strawberry plants.
My question is, can I mow that area & not kill the strawberries?
Mowing is the easiest way to clear it out, but keeping those plants
healthy enough to produce fruit is of paramount importance. If it'll
harm them, we'll just have to dig in there & pull weeds.
Another complicating factor is that we've been experiencing a cold
snap (freezing at night) recently here in SoCal, so I'm wondering if
the tall grass is helping them withstand that. If so, I'll probably
leave the plants alone for a few weeks.
Thanks in advance.
It's just a rectangular area immediately outside the patio door.. It's
just mostly filled with a mix or strawberries & 1 1/2' tall dead,
brown grass...which does come out easily. It's just completely
encompassing the strawberry plants. Our latest Pacific storm has
resulted in temps down to around 32 deg. F. or a few degrees below, at
The reason I asked about the mowing is that we also have a small red
raspberry patch which seems to thrive on being cut back severely every
couple of years in wintertime. I was just curious if the strawberries
might respond the same way.
It looks like there isn't any easy way out of the weeding. LOL.
Freak storm path for you guys, it should pass soon and your berries
should be fine. Cane berries do well kept back, strawberries will
depend on variety, climate, etc.
I live in socal. The cold snaps may ruin a couple of fruits, but the plants
are hardy. Worst that will happen is the leaves will die, and new ones will
come up soon. I would recommend removing all the grass. Put out some straw
for the berries to lay on to keep them from bugs and slugs.
I found if the berries touch the dirt, the next day they have holes
in them from bug damage.
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