Rejuvenating Strawberry Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Ft Wright, KY
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Question by BonnieR101
June 7, 1998
After my strawberry bed has finished bearing, can the leaves be mowed with a lawn mower to prepare the bed for next year?


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Answer from NGA
June 7, 1998
Yes, it sounds radical, but you can mow your strawberry patch after fruiting. Set the mower blade to a height of 2 inches and be careful not to damage the crowns of the plants. Then remove the debris and any weak plants and weeds. Thin the remaining plants to about 8 inches apart. Fertilize the bed with a general balanced fertilizer and watch the new growth appear. After rejuvenating a bed in this manner two years in a row, it's best to move the bed to a new location.

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