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by tkriccardi on April 29, 2004 05:44 PM
I have a strawberry patch in my backyard but there is grass growing in it and pretty much taking over, is there any way to kill the grass without killing the strawberries?
by Chrissy on April 29, 2004 09:14 PM
I'm afraid I don't have an easy answer for you. My strawberry patch was full of grass too so I ended up digging them all up, building a raised bed & then replanting. If you wish to keep them where they are I am guessing you will have to pull the grass by hand, but someone else coming through here may have a better solution.

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by njoynit on April 29, 2004 09:15 PM
I'd pull the grass.
You could aint weedkiller or vinegar on them being careful not to get on the strawberrys.
what kind you have?

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by obywan59 on April 29, 2004 09:17 PM
You could till up half your patch in alternating rows, then as the strawberries vine they will fill in the tilled area. Keep this area weeded well and then next year, till up the rows you didn't till this year. Don't let the grass set seed

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by duckie on April 29, 2004 10:47 PM
Hey tk Welcome [wayey]
I have a big strawberry patch.I'm an organic gardener,so you won't be getting chem advice from me.But keeping the weeds out is fairly easy.The trick is put down 4 to 5 inches of straw around the plants before the weeds get a chance to germinate,but since you already have them just yank all that grass out and try to get the roots.Sprinkle a handful of cornmeal around the plants,and put down 4 to 5 inches of straw.

Happy gardening [flower] [flower]
Shari [wayey]

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by gardenmom32210 on April 30, 2004 02:19 AM
I dont have room for a strawberry bed,but in Feb. I found a deal at Parks Seeds that is a total weedfree option. For 9.95 I got 2 hanging plant bags(holds 12 strawberry plants) and 25 everbearing strawberry plants. Needless to say I bought as many as my pocketbook could handle. They are producing like crazy and are so bushy they hide the bag and you can hang them anywhere. I've got them hanging off my deck,my shed and fenceposts. They look so pretty,yummy too! [flower]

Karen [grin]
by weezie13 on April 30, 2004 04:39 AM
Tkriccardi,
Got a question for you????

How big is this area for the strawberries????

I had almost the same thing happen, I had my strawberry bed in a great place, and pretty much no weeds or grass, and we had picked some grass roots from my vegetable bed when we rototilled it and I bagged it up into a black garbage to let it die and compost later well, it got moved and tipped over and someone let it out of the bag and it escaped back into the bed
[shocked] [Mad] [Frown] [perplexed]
So, what I did was, I started a new bed,
and picked up and transferred all of the strawberries to the new bed.... and mowed that grass down!!!!!

Don't forget if you like to transplant your strawberries, make sure you pay attention to the depth *or height* of the plant it was in before you transplant.....Strawberries don't like to be planted toooooo deep (half in and half out actually)

Weezie

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