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FutureStarrGetting Rid of Wild Strawberries
You wouldn’t have grass stains on your favorite jeans if you didn’t consider – at least for a fleeting minute – the idea of cultivating the wild strawberry plants (Fragaria virginiana) growing in your garden. In the end, though, you’ve decided that you must kill the wild strawberries in your lawn. After all, they’re weeds, and they produce long, snarled runners that can spread, choke and overwhelm your lawn and garden. Before you set out to eliminate them, know that wild strawberry plants will cling to those runners for dear life, testing your resilience and your ability to avoid adding even more grass stains to your jeans.
As charming as they may look and as tempting as they may be to eat, it’s what goes on underneath with the runners that renders wild strawberry plants genuine troublemakers. The runners attach themselves to the root nodes of surrounding plants and greenery and quite literally choke them to death, WinLAWN says. Wild strawberry plants dislike extremes, meaning extreme heat and extreme moisture, but they can tolerate practically anything else. Though they may never produce any fruit, they will continue to propagate more runners and propagate more havoc.Keep in mind that you're about to confront a resilient enemy – one that has been known to survive fire and regenerate like a phoenix rising from the ashes. So, as tempting as it may be to go full tilt and purchase the most potent herbicide you can find, it makes sense to try the least extreme measure first. After all, it could work, even if you have to repeat it. In this way, wild strawberry plants are like other weeds: Getting rid of them often requires a repetition of steps.
If only a few remnants of the wild strawberry plant remain, some gardeners say that a few squirts of white vinegar will finish the job. When followed by a healthy sprinkling of corn meal to discourage new growth, some gardeners never deal with wild strawberry plants again. However, be forewarned: Home remedies that work wonders in one yard can have absolutely no effect on the one right next door. In this case, you may wish to repeat the steps, especially if you're opposed to using chemicals.Just a quick question, are you sure they are strawberries? There is a weed called Mock Strawberries and removal is not as simple as getting the rhizomes. The easiest way to tell is the flower. Strawberries have your typical rose flower, with a yellow or green cone in the center, mock strawberries have tiny yellow flowers more reminiscent of sorrel flowers. Both real and mock strawberries produce fruit that look alike, and both are edible, but mock strawberry fruits are rather tasteless. (Source: gardening.stackexchange.com)