I hope someone can help with this, I have been yanking wild strawberry
plants out of my yard until I am blue in the face. Does anyone have any
advice on how to get rid of this annoying weed?
Thanks in advance!
Laura in Virginia
Quilts, Cats and Longaberger Baskets, it can't be any better than that!
Me too. You pull and the runner simply breaks. I keep pulling every
green leaf, then 3-4 weeks later they come back, then the pulling
starts again. Then I find I missed some that already bearing red
fruit. I leave the wild strawberry growing on the bank of the stream
as it helps the bank from eroding. The berries are small and very
tart--maybe they would make a good jelly. At least it's not poison
I pulled the stuff until my fingers bled this year. It is growing in a bed
amongst some vinca, under perennial geraniums, in clumps of daylilies. It
is virtually impossible to get it all and if even a small piece is left
behind it grows back with vigor.
My theory is that any weed useful in a culinary way can be eradicated
by finding it, well, useful and edible. It makes a certain amount of
sense, since if you harvest every wild strawberry you can find, it
won't re-seed, and dandelions and plantain and lamb's quarters without
leaves won't thrive.
Try thinking of it as a crop, not a weed. :-)
Well, I've got a bumper crop and really don't want it. Read somewhere that wild
strawberries LOVE acid soil so I'm going to give them a dose of lime this
winter to see what happens next spring. In the meantime, I'll continue to use
the dandelion digger and try to get as many of them as possible.
You have to be persistent and remove every single plant. Miss one, it seeds,
and you are off to the plant chase again. I have none and neighbors on each
side are covered. I watch each spring and remove the few the birds have
"dropped" in on me!!
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