Those include pulling, spot-spraying with a liquid broad-leaf weed-killer for lawns (lots of brands in garden centers) or by spot-spraying with a kill-everything herbicide, such as Round-Up or acetic- or citric-acid based “natural” weed-killers. A propane flame weeder or dousing them boiling water also kills most things green (generally a strategy for wild strawberries in garden beds as opposed to lawns).
A: That’s a wild strawberry. It’s actually one of the parents of the kind of strawberry we now buy in grocery stores and is edible (although not nearly as sweet and juicy as what we’re used to eating).
It may take some repeated digging and/or re-treatments to get rid of all the colonies. Once they’re gone, mulch to prevent new seeds from sprouting. Or use a weed preventer such as corn gluten meal or Preen for a year or two if you’re concerned about an immediate comeback.
Coming out next spring are a couple of brands of broad-leaf weed-killers using chelated iron to kill weeds. Those are labeled for organic gardening, and from what I’ve seen so far, they work pretty well in killing most broad-leaf plants but not grass. Bayer and Scotts are both debuting brands.
Personally, I’d dig to eliminate the current crop and mulch or plant a preferred groundcover to head off any reinfestations. Thickening the lawn with more grass seed would do the same thing to head off new wild strawberries there.
Assuming you don’t want a spreading crop of little strawberries, these can be eliminated by the usual methods for broad-leaf “weeds.”
Q: Over the years, I’ve had a small patch of a vine-type weed. Each stem has three leaves about a half-inch wide with rough edges. Some have little red fruits that look like a miniature strawberry. Can you tell me what this is and how I can get rid of them?
This type of strawberry spreads primarily by birds and small mammals eating the fruits, then pooping them out in new areas. Once the plants germinate, they spread fast by runners. The “babies” root as they go, and in time, some dense and vigorous colonies can spread to choke out grass.
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Strawberry-like weed Q: Over the years, I’ve had a small patch of a vine-type weed. Each stem has three leaves about a half-inch wide with rough edges. Some have little red fruits that look