Tidying strawberry beds

How to tidy strawberries in spring

Find out how to tidy strawberries in spring, ready to provide tasty fruits later in the year.

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Congested strawberry beds must be tidied ready for this year’s crop.

The important bits of the plants are the small shoots in the crown’s centre, which produce flowers then fruit.

Not got a strawberry bed? You only need a space of around 1m x 1m to make a strawberry bed, or you could try growing strawberries in containers – check out six ways to grow strawberries in containers for ideas.

If you’d like to grow more fruit in small spaces, we’ve picked 10 of the best fruits for pots and containers.

Discover how to tidy strawberries in spring, below.

You only need a space of around 1m x 1m to make a strawberry bed, or you could try growing strawberries in containers.

You will need

  • Secateurs
  • Hand fork or trowel
  • General garden fertiliser
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Step 1

Using secateurs, cut out any dead leaves and also the larger leaves that are already clothing the ground around the main crown of the strawberry plants.

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Step 2

Weeds, especially perennials, are a real problem in strawberry beds, so use a hand fork or trowel to lift out any now before they get a chance to swamp plants.

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Step 3

Use a small fork to aerate the exposed soil around the plants, then top-dress with a general garden fertiliser to boost growth and flowering.

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Replacing strawberry plants

After three to four years, fruit size and quality declines so you will need to replace your plants with new stock. Instead of buying new plants, try doing this by growing new plants from runners.