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Strawberry winterizing

Zone P0X 1C0 | skycheldee added on September 11, 2016 | Answered

Should I cut off all of the strawberry leaves before I put straw mulch over them for the winter? Or just leave the leaves alone?

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    Alisma
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    Answered on September 11, 2016

    No, don't remove the leaves. Strawberries don't need to be cut back before winter. An old strawberry bed should be renovated in summer just after the berry harvest, which involves removing most of the leaves, but that shouldn't be done in fall:
    https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/resources/how-to-grow-strawberries-renovating-an-old-strawberry-bed/
    https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2008/jul/060101.htm

    These articles explain how to mulch strawberries for winter:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/strawberry/winterizing-potted-strawberries.htm
    https://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/yard-and-garden-properly-mulch-strawberries-winter

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