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12-Aug-02 08:45 AM EST
Susan12-Aug-02 09:52 AM EST 6a   
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Susan12-Aug-02 09:19 PM EST 6a   
DAVE14-Aug-02 09:31 PM EST   
Susan15-Aug-02 07:36 AM EST 6a   
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Linda19-Aug-02 12:40 AM EST   
maureen st. albert07-Jul-03 02:10 AM EST 3   
Brent07-Jul-03 03:17 PM EST 4b   
Dorothy18-Jul-03 03:31 PM EST   
Michele07-Apr-04 05:22 PM EST 6a   


Subject: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
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Date: 12-Aug-02 08:45 AM EST

I have many wild strawberry plants taking over my lawn. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting rid of and ensuring a no return. Thanks in advance Bill Cree


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 12-Aug-02 09:52 AM EST

Are you sure they're strawberry plants? Yellow Avens is a very pesty weed in my lawn and all lawns round here. Its leaves look something like srawberries but it has yellow blossoms. We just regularly dig them out using one of those 'weed stick' tools with the forked ends. It's pretty easy after a rain. Unless your neighbors are also keeping them under control and there are none growing in abandoned areas and setting seeds, I don't think you're ever going to get rid of them completely! If they are genuinely wild strawberries, I'd welcome them to the garden! But real wild strawberries are not that invasive so I doubt that that is what you have. Yellow Avens is a more likely candidate...


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
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Date: 12-Aug-02 05:37 PM EST

Susan; Thank you for your prompt reply, but alas they are wild strawberry plants. I have eaten the berries on some. Thanks, any suggestions?


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 12-Aug-02 09:19 PM EST

Are the strawberries delicious?! I have been trying to find a source for proper wild strawberries like those I remember from my childhood without any luck. Ones sold in garden centers that sort of look like them have totally tasteless berries! Do you live somewhere near an open field? - i.e. what is the source of them?


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: DAVE
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Date: 14-Aug-02 09:31 PM EST

There were a few wild strawberry plants in my garden and lawn when I moved in several years ago. My eight year old daughter took to planting and nuturing them. She thought we would have a grand harvest. Unfortunately, they are incredibly invasive and the berries are dissapointingly soft and mushy with lots of seeds. Once I convinced my daughter they were weeds, it took a couple of long sessions in the garden and the lawn to pull them all out. Several more repeat visits were required to get the straglers. They have a large chunk just above their roots and you need to get all of the chunk or it will just start growing a new plant. I suspect you could spray them with any lawn herbicide(Killex) if you want a chemical solution.


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 15-Aug-02 07:36 AM EST

Opinionated me again...:) This thread is a good demonstration of the definition of a weed as any plant growing where you don't want it to... Wild strawberries, like their cultivated cousins, spread by 'mother' plants producing 'daughter' plants on runners which root and become mother plants in their turn. Cultivated strawberries can become invasive if you don't control or manage the spread of their runners too. But that growth pattern is also the basis of growing cultivated strawberries to maximize yield - e.g. plant the mothers in widely spaced rows; allow the daughters to grow into the spaces between the rows; after two or three years, dig out/rototill under the original mothers and start the process over again with the daughters now being the mothers... Wild strawberries can be cultivated in the same way. Dave - the berries are small and soft but incredably flavorful. If you've ever had wild strawberry jam or strawberry shortcake made with wild strawberries or just a bowl of wild strawberries with sugar, you probably wouldn't consider them a weed! The mother plants will produce multiple crowns if the runners have all been removed, so digging out the crowns is necessary as well as prunning off the runners. Mowing the foliage just rejuvenates the plants as long as the crowns haven't been damaged, so just keeping the grass cut won't keep them in check. I can understand not necessarily wanting them in your lawn but, properly managed in a vegetable bed, they'd be an interesting addition to your garden and a guaranteed 'hit' with kids!


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
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Date: 15-Aug-02 02:02 PM EST

the only problem i can see is if you have wild strawberries in your lawn in bear country...you may encounter a bruin snacking on the berries in your lawn.....


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
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Date: 16-Aug-02 09:47 AM EST

Thanks for all the info, but my problem is still not under control. I guess the only way to rid my whole lawn(Large) is chemicals(Not my favorite)or roto-till and start again. Bye for now Bill


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 19-Aug-02 12:40 AM EST

i had to chuckle when reading this problem. Wild strawberries can by quite evasive. I suggest that you kill the lawn and keep the strawberries. They will stay green and don't need cutting


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: maureen st. albert
Zone: 3
Date: 07-Jul-03 02:10 AM EST

I have wild strawberries, too. I noticed one small plant in my rock garden in late fall. By the time the snow melted... I had ground cover! I have pulled some out from around my perennials but am managing it quite well. I'm going to transplant some under my spruce trees.(I'm doing trials).And I do agree with Susan about them tasting great. They are pretty small, tho, so I just let my puppies pick them. They will even eat them green.


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Brent
Zone: 4b
Date: 07-Jul-03 03:17 PM EST

Hi Bill: You didn't mention where you were located, but in Eastern Canada our soil is very acid, favouring plants like strawberries and 'Devil's Paintbrush'. Grasses prefer alkaline, so lime heavily. This will at least help keep the strawberries and other pestiferous weeds down. B.


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Dorothy (queeenbee99@yahoo.com)
Zone:
Date: 18-Jul-03 03:31 PM EST

I have this same problem with the wild strawberries and even Killex does not get rid of them. I don't normally use poisons, but I have a huge lawn,and it really spoils the look. It would be really impossible to pick out each one, I would be bent over for ever. I have just learned to try and ignore them, as they slowly take over.My berries are too small to eat, and the birds don't seem to want them either. I will try the lime treatment, but have resigned myself the fact I have to live with them. Funny how the cultivated ones don't grow in the wonderful soil I gave them in the veggie garden!!


Subject: RE: Wild strawberry plants in lawn
From: Michele (mthunter@ptd.net)
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-Apr-04 05:22 PM EST

Hi, I have the same problem with these plants and they are invading my flowers. I need to get rid of them and not kill the surrounding flowers. Can I use a week killer, since we now know they aren't weeds, just as bothersome as them though.

Thanks for your help

I'm in PA southeastern


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