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Straw mulch on strawberries during summer?

Posted by RyanK817 GA (My Page) on
Tue, May 14, 13 at 19:46

I have a strawberry bed that I planted SFG-style, it's 2'x7' and I have about 45 Ozark Beauty plants with a few borage mixed in. I have had a lot of straw covering another bed and I'm about to remove it to plant in the other bed. Does anyone put straw in a strawberry patch as mulch during the summer? I live in zone 8 with brutal summers, and once the sun hits the bed there's no break in direct sunlight till late evening. I feel like a little layer of straw for mulch would help keep the soil cool and moist, but since strawberry foliage is so low to the soil, I don't know if potentially moist straw could lead to diseases or fungus on the strawberries or the foliage. Any experience or insight on this?

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RE: Straw mulch on strawberries during summer?

I'd like to know this too. I've thought about using a live mulch, like alyssum or something else that's short. I'm worried about slugs.

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