Strawberry Plants
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remove straw mulch from strawberries

Zone zone5 - shelburne falls MA (Franklin county) | Turtleknits added on April 13, 2015 | Answered

Can I remove the straw mulch from my strawberries, even if we are almost certainly going to have more nights below freezing? I mulched my established strawberry bed with a heavy layer of straw last fall. Do I need to wait until we are frost-free (typically about 5/24) to remove it?

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shelley
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Answered on April 14, 2015

Since you know below-freezing nights are going to be a certainty, I recommend that you keep that mulch on your strawberries as long as possible, otherwise you risk frost or freeze damage.

For more information and guidelines on when to remove your mulch, check out the following link:
https://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2004/3-12-2004/mulch.html

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