The Q&A Archives: Strawberries

Question: What is the best way to winterize our strawberry patch?

Answer: After the first frost, cover the plants with fresh straw, pine boughs, or floating row cover, to help keep the plants from being pushed out of the ground if it freezes and thaws. The larger mulching material will be easier to remove in the spring. You can use leaves or compost for mulch material, but you may injure the fruit setting buds on the crowns of the plants if you rake around them in the spring, trying to remove the protective mulch material.

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