The best way to keep a strawberry bed going is to renovate it by thinning the existing plants and allowing runners to root and become new plants. After my strawberries have finished fruiting, I cut them back and have a general tidy up around them. “Happy” to oblige. Apply loose straw to the row of strawberry plants 3 to 6 inches deep. Yep, just today, I am (still) Spring tidying up my patch, looking for baby aspagi poking out of the ground… I love Spring. Weeds reduce the amount of moisture and nutrients available to the strawberry plants. Over the Winter lots of the previous year's foliage will have died down and may be harbouring pest and moulds, and it's best to give the plants a good tidy-up before they spring into new growth. We had a relatively mild autumn here in the south and my strawberry plants have kept on growing and, amazingly, producing flowers and even fruit. Cutting them back helps produce more fruit the following year. So when making your strategy for strawberry plant care, make sure you leave plenty of room between plants, for the daughters to roam around freely. Once the plants are dormant, apply the mulch! 4. 0 shares. After cutting the foliage, remove the oldest plant crowns until the plants are spaced 12 to 24 inches apart. Rake up and dispose of all debris in the compost pile to prevent disease and over-wintering insects in you strawberry bed. Set the mower blades on the highest setting and mow the bed, making sure the blades don’t damage the crowns. The important bits of the plants are the small shoots in the crown’s centre, which produce flowers then fruit. Vern Nelson Home-grown strawberries are easily planted and picked. Holes in strawberries. This is a good time of year to start preparing your Strawberry plants for the new season. Over summer, strawberry plants send out runners. 3. On the other hand, the ever bearing plants won’t grow daughters so you won’t need that much space for these. It’s a good idea to tidy congested strawberry beds before the growing season begins. Dig up the bushes and start fresh with new plants … The strawberries are sitting in my freezer, waiting for me to make strawberry jam for my youngest daughter, she absolutely adores it. 0 shares. How to tidy up the strawberry patch. These modified shoots can be used to propagate new plants but if you don't need new plants, cut these runners off. With a little yearly maintenance, you can keep them bearing well longer. Break up the bale and then break the flakes completely. Late winter or early spring is the best time to bring strawberry plants under cover for forcing, as they'll have experienced a good cold snap and will be ready to burst into growth. I will make jam as soon as I get time. This is a good time to remove weeds, too. But to keep a strawberry patch happy, healthy and productive, it needs tidying up each year. It is also good to cover any exposed soil between rows or in the planting. The old straw is the perfect hiding place for pests such as slugs, so is best removed and composted or disposed of. The first job to do is to remove the straw mulch spread below strawberry plants to protect the fruit from soil splash. Remove the straw before springtime. This prevents the build up of fungal infections such as botrytis, and also removes shelter for pests such as slugs and snails.. Next work along the rows in your bed tidying up the strawberry plants by removing any dead or dying leaves. Although strawberry plants are considered perennial, they are most productive in their first one to five years. Apply the straw mulch to the strawberry plants. Allow about 20-30″ between plants on each row and about 3 feet between rows. Lesley Upton; January 12, 2018. When you bring the pots indoors (or, if plants will be staying in the ground, before you cover them up), take the opportunity to treat your plants to a tidy up. After fruiting has finished, tidy up the bushes by giving them a hard prune down to 10cm. Gardening Editor Ruth Hayes looks at removing old foliage and leaf litter around strawberry plants. Depending on where you live strawberry leaves are “salad” to snails, and slugs.