Plastic mulch is a good idea for all garden strawberries. A layer of polyethylene placed on the
soil surface beneath plants keeps fruit from touching the soil, greatly reducing problems with fruit
decay and discouraging slugs, snails, and sowbugs.
If you plant in late fall, put mulch on as soon as plants begin to grow. If you plant in spring
or summer, you can wait until February or March and use clear, white, or opaque mulch.
Before you put down plastic mulch, check the beds at least once a week and remove all weeds that
appear. Once mulch is in place, you will have a hard time dealing with weeds that emerge under
it. Stretch the plastic (1.5 mil [0.038 mm] plastic is recommended) lengthwise over the bed and
it down on the sides of raised beds, securing it with pins or soil. Cover as much of the soil
surface as possible and secure the edges of the plastic with bricks, stones, or a layer of soil to
the mulch in place. Then cut an X about 4 inches long in the plastic over each plant, pull the
through, and push the corners of plastic back under the plant. One corner can be pulled back
later when you add fertilizer.
plants are pulled through mulch