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Victoriaville, Québec
Dec 7, 2017 9:42 PM CST
This past summer I've found wild strawberries growing among my flowering plants. They produced a small number of small fruit but I enjoyed them anyway. Would wild strawberry plants be an acceptable ground cover? Or are they too invasive and might cause problems further down the road?

I'm asking because they seem to keep the other possible weeds from sprouting in that particular area.

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 8, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Evasiveness ?🤔??? I say Low End. They rip out ez , and don't come back.
Put up a little boarder , to edge along, or not. Or just pull or shuffle-hoe them out. There roots aren't tuff, and there shallow rooted.
Your lucky to have edible variety growing wild. I'd fertilize good, to see if I could get bigger berries .😀😋😋😋
Or get a different variety to try.

There's ortimental strawberries also, people use as ground cover. You don't eat the tiny berries, there actually poisonous if you eat alot of them, but they taste gross.
That's, just a tad bit of info, for your next trivia game nite. 🤔😀👍
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Trish
North Yorkshire
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Dec 8, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Wild strawberries do make good groundcover, with delicate flowers and little fruits (which the birds enjoy).
They may become rather 'enthusiastic' in their roaming about, but are quite easy to remove if they get in the way of other plants
The garden, where my mind goes to seed.
Victoriaville, Québec
Dec 19, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Thanks everyone. Very informative. Looking forward to next summer.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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Dec 19, 2017 7:41 AM CST
Don't let the wild strawberries send runners into your lawn! Once they get in amongst the grass you'll never get them out again.
Victoriaville, Québec
Dec 19, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Ooh, Thanks for the warning. I may have to rethink the whole idea.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Dec 19, 2017 9:08 AM CST
JuneOntario said:Don't let the wild strawberries send runners into your lawn! Once they get in amongst the grass you'll never get them out again.


I'd rather have the strawberries!

The important question would seem to be about getting rid of the turf.
Turf can be invasive....

The only thing I would caution against as regards strawberries.... Is to make sure that you don't have the yellow-flowering lookalike.

duchesnea indica is way more aggressive.... And isn't worth eating.
Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Dec 19, 2017 11:15 PM CST
I had them as volunteers in my yard in WA state, and they were never invasive.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Dec 19, 2017 11:21 PM CST
I've got 'Pink Panda' as a ground cover between perennials and lawn, and have never had it infiltrate into the turf (Pacific NW area). I recently introduced a native strawberry into a perennial bed, will see how that goes.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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