Strawberry and Raspberry Weed Control


“i’m looking for suggestions for weed control in new plantings of strawberries and control in established raspberries. Any help would be appreciated, thank you for your time ~N.”

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Let’s start with the strawberries. Hand-hoeing and hand-weeding are very important in strawberry plantings. There are several weed-control materials for the strawberry, but in general home garden plantings are best weeded without the use of chemicals. It is difficult to apply the chemical at the proper rate without the necessary equipment and there is the danger of doing damage to adjacent vegetable and flower plants (spray drift). Subsequent crops following strawberries in the garden may also be sensitive to these chemicals. The basic methods of controlling weeds are:

–Machine cultivation (tilling) plus hoeing and hand pulling;
–Mulching with suitable material;
–Chemical herbicides (check with your county extension);
–Allowing geese to wander about in the strawberry patch (“goosing your strawberries” is still popular in some areas of the U.S.)

HERBICIDES SHOULD NOT BE APPLIED WHEN PLANTS ARE BLOOMING, WHEN RUNNER PLANTS ARE TAKING ROOT, AND DURING LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL WHEN FRUIT BUDS ARE BEING FORMED.

As for the raspberries, unwanted vegetation may be removed mechanically or chemically.  A combination of the two is usually most effective.  Mechanical weed control methods include shallow (1-2 inch deep) cultivation every few weeks with a sharp hoe, shovel, or rotary tiller, being careful not to damage the crowns, canes, or roots.  Weeds within the rows may have to be pulled by hand.  Do not injure emerging canes which will produce fruit the following year.  Alternatively, a mulch of shredded leaves, wood chips, sawdust, straw, or other organic materials that will stop weeds may be used.  Do not mound mulches up around the canes.  Apply them alongside the rows.  Renew mulches each year.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Strawberry and Raspberry Weed Control

  1. Unlike regular weed control, using a chemical product which is both sometimes dangerous, and always expensive, organic weed control can be and very inexpensive. It’s true you can also buy expensive organic weedkillers but to be honest these are not very effective.

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