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?

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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