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revss1984
Mar 31, 2017 12:58 AM CST
I've been told this is a "wild strawberry" ?? (has never bloomed.) Gets to 14-16" tall, has long white runners
and proliferate from those. I could spend all summer digging them out and they grow tightly into the flowers. Any quick way to destroy them? Any safe product that won't kill flowers or be toxic to animals?
(like Round-Up)

Thank you!
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Mar 31, 2017 1:27 AM CST
If it is the "wild strawberry" I am sadly familiar with, the secret is to pinch out the crown just below ground. It takes constant effort. Birds will eat the berries and spread the seeds around. Sorry I can't be more positive about getting rid of them. They are evil weeds!
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DaisyI
Mar 31, 2017 9:57 AM CST
Roundup will kill (almost) every plant it touches. We have a great discussion going right now on that very subject:

The thread "Roundup Use" in Ask a Question forum
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sooby
Mar 31, 2017 2:08 PM CST
Welcome!

14-16" sounds too tall for wild strawberry, and it doesn't have white runners. Is there any chance you could post a picture of it for us?


revss1984
Mar 31, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Mine has leaves like the photo above but have never borne berries. The white runners are below the dirt, and can choke a plant tighter that a spool of thread! I may have exaggerated their height a bit. Right now they're already about 3" tall; I'd like to destroy them NOW.

Tried Round-Up once but was told to hold up cardboard aside the flower so it wouldn't be killed by the weed killer! I considered pea gravel would be MUCH easier. (Have also heard that Round-UP now comes in both "regular" and "commercial" strengths. Does anyone know if that's true???

Any homemade mixtures anyone's tried for weeds? Thanks!
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Mar 31, 2017 9:24 PM CST
revss1984 said:Mine has leaves like the photo above but have never borne berries. The white runners are below the dirt, and can choke a plant tighter that a spool of thread! I may have exaggerated their height a bit. Right now they're already about 3" tall; I'd like to destroy them NOW.

Tried Round-Up once but was told to hold up cardboard aside the flower so it wouldn't be killed by the weed killer! I considered pea gravel would be MUCH easier. (Have also heard that Round-UP now comes in both "regular" and "commercial" strengths. Does anyone know if that's true???

Any homemade mixtures anyone's tried for weeds? Thanks!


There is "horticultural vinegar" several times the strength of cooking vinegar, but it non selective. Good for things like sidewalks and garden paths though.

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Weedwhacker
Mar 31, 2017 9:29 PM CST
If you use Roundup (of any formulation) you definitely need to protect anything that you don't want killed; instead of spraying, you can use a brush to "paint" it on the leaves of the weed plants, though.

I don't believe there is any type of weed killer that you could spray on everything and not kill the flowers. And, whatever you use, it will pretty likely not be "once and done," you need to be diligent about removing weeds as they appear.
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