The Q&A Archives: Weed Control In Strawberry Patches

Question: My husband's grandma lives accross the street and has been gardening for a lot of years. She was wondering what could be used to kill weeds in her strawberry patch.

Answer: I'm assuming that handpulling is probably too difficult for her. To prevent weeds from germinating, use a thick layer of organic mulch. Layering it over newspaper is also useful. For existing weeds, she might want to try glyphosate, which is a systemic herbicide. This means when it is sprayed on a plant, the plant absorbs and distributes it throughout its system. Eventually, it kills the entire plant, including the roots. The spray can drift to other plants, particularly if there is any breeze. Three feet is not very far away. Spray in the morning when air is usually calmest and cover any nearby plants. Another solution is to dab the hard-to-control weeds with glyphosate in a wick applicator (VERY low chemical use that way), which is preferable in a food-producing garden.

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