- Feb. 2010, planted our first strawberry plants
- May 2010, wire grass growing in the strawberry patch.
- June 2010, I decided to cover the entire area with landscape cloth and thick wood chip mulch.
- Sept. 2010, wire grass poking through the landscape cloth.
- March 2011, moved strawberries to a new location.
- March 2012, wire grass had taken over the new bed.
- March 2012, later in the month I planted 50 new strawberry plants to a bed in the garden, along with the survivors I could find from the previous bed.
- August 2012, wire grass was taking over once again .....
|August 2012. Wire grass taking over my strawberry bed. Again.|
One of my projects this winter has been to try to free my strawberries.
|At least I can see the strawberry plants|
No, wire grass cannot be eradicated. Trying to pull it out is like pulling on wire embedded in the ground. It grows about knee high tall with a root system just as deep. Even a teeny section of root left in the ground is enough for it to take over again in record time. If left alone, it will choke out anything and everything in the way.
|Photo from March 2011 showing the messy mass of|
wire grass roots strangling this poor strawberry plant
My best hope is to hold it at bay long enough to at least harvest some strawberries. Besides fresh eating, Dan loves his strawberry jam.
|A slow but losing battle. Is it possible to co-exsist?|
Will I succeed? Only time will tell.
This Year I'm Gonna Have Strawberries © March 2013