A few weeks ago, I wrote this post and shared this video:
Then yesterday, I posted a picture on my Facebook page* of how lovely my strawberry patch is looking after having renovated earlier this month. I got the message that some of you were a little hesitant to mow down your plants for fear you’d damage them. I can totally relate! It seemed drastic to me too. But then when I renovated the first time and saw that the strawberries come back again thriving (not fruiting, of course) in just a few short weeks, I was confident that this method, which I learned from the WSU Extension when I became a Master Gardener, was well worth the shock and awe it induces.
And you asked:
Q:Â Can I still do this? Do you think it’s too late?
A: I say, yes! Just do it! We still have lots of sunny days to come with our Indian summers. According to the extension, the best time to mow is from July 14 to August 1. But I think better late than never.
Q: How late in the season can you mow?
A: Like I said, I’d probably do it now even though we missed the optimal window. I’d make sure to renovate before August is over though, but that’s just me. Mowing them in September would probably be just fine too.
Q: Do you use this technique with day-neutrals or ever-bearing strawberries?
A: No, because they can continue to produce fruit into the fall – I just harvest 1/4 lb. of strawberries from my day-neutrals. I just let those go.
Q: Will you mow them again in the fall?
A: Nope, they’ll be fine!
Q: What about mulch and protection for the winter?
A: If anything, I put chicken manure/bedding around the plants in the fall as a mulch and call it good. No protection, even when it snows. They’ll survive…or they won’t and I’ll plant again! That’s just how I roll!
I hope this helps, friends! Keep the questions coming â€“ this is fun!
*Â Have you “liked” my page yet? You’ll be able to see random updates and pictures from the “farm” that way. I finally caved and got a Smart phone, which means I can connect with you more frequently on the fly now! With pictures! Fun!