I need to I. D. something growing in my lawn. It is small, close to the ground, has small red berries on it, 3 leaves that are kind of rough on the edges, and may be on a vine. Hoping it's not some type of Ivy. It's right in the open in direct sunlight 8-12 hours a day. Do you know what this could be, or could you point me in the right direction so I could find out?
What you are describing sounds like wild strawberry. While considered a weed in many areas, in the right location, these ground cover plants can make an exceptional addition to the garden. They are also edible and tasty. However, be careful not to confuse this plant its related counterpart, woodland strawberry, which has no flavor and bears yellow flowers rather than white.
I have an overgrown riverbank and would like to replace the existing weed growth with wild strawberries and cinquefoil. How would I go about this? Can I weed kill, then pull the existing....then plant? How do I space the two plants?
I would recommend contacting your local county extension office and verify that these plants can be introduced in your area.
I would also caution use of herbicides to kill existing plant life near a water source.
Here are links to the plants you listed.
I have wild strawberries in my backyard. What's the best way to kill the wild strawberries without harming the grass? Should I use another application of Scotts weed and feed? I've put one application of on already. I just don't want to over fertilize. I put it down at beginning of spring and was getting ready to put the 3rd application of Scotts. Thank you for any help in this area.
Wild Strawberry can be quite difficult to kill.
Here is a link that has a few other options for you.
Is there a product that will kill wild strawberry in vinca minor? I have wild strawberry taking over a large area of vinca. Is there an over the top herbicide that will suppress the strawberry without too much damage to the vinca?
Here is a link with information and a few alternative solutions.
Found this... thing growing. It has little flowers and just in general looks like a strawberry up until it produces this fruit. I'm not sure what it is. Help?
If it resembles strawberry, then it could be a wild variety, most often considered a weed, although some people grow them too. These articles have more information:
If you don't feel this is the berry in question, feel free to send us an image of the plant and/or berry so we can be better able to identify it for you.
I'm unsure if this website is accepting my pictures so just in case, here they are
I'm from the hilltowns of Albany County, New York. My mother (and the kids) and the neighbors used to pick pails full of luscious wild strawberries. They grew in weedy fields, along road cut banks and were easy to sit in the field and just pick. There are none like that anymore. What happened to those old fields of strawberries? Too much lime?
Likely this is caused by the build up of residue from human activity. Oil from the streets, along with the many other types of buildup can occur from heavily populated areas. If your area has been growing rapidly, then this could have had an impact on the availability on the plants. It would be hard to say without taking soil samples, exactly, what happened to kill them off.
Wild strawberry plants are taking over my Chrysogonum virginianum beds.Am in the process of trying to pulling them out but am afraid I am doing as much harm than good. Would hate to to start over after all of these years! Is there a safe product to use that will not kill the Chrysogonum virginianum, the strawberries are covering about 2/3rds of the area and it is a BIG area. Please advise.
This is probably the invasive false or mock strawberry, Duchesnea indica. Native strawberries have white flowers, mock has yellow. I can think of nothing that will kill mock strawberry and not injure your Chrysogonum. Hand pulling or using a small foam paintbrush to apply herbicide are your choices. You might take the opportunity to dig up clumps, separate out the strawberry, improve the soil with some compost then replant.