Wild Strawberries in My Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Omaha, NE
Question by ann3211
April 6, 2000
How can I kill wild strawberries out of my grass? I don't want to kill my grass.

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2000


If the area is not too large, the safest way to get rid ofl the unwanted strawberries is to dig them out with a small dandelion type weed fork. Then make sure the turf left behind is well watered so it will naturally fill in the bare spots. Always mow high--2 ? to 3 inches--to shade out small weeds and keep weed seeds from germinating. A thick lawn will prevent weeds from taking over.
If the area is too large to hand weed, try a broadleaf weed killer, such as 2,4-D, that is specifically made for lawns. Many times they come in combination with a lawn fertilizer, a feed and weed option. Follow directions carefully. Fall is the most effective time to use weed killers, so why not give the naturally safe hand-pulling method a try this spring and use the chemicals as a last resort in fall?

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