STRAWBERRY UNDER COVER
Last year I covered the strawberry bed with a black cloth with slots for the bushes, but weeds still grow under it. Why? And another question: should this fabric be removed from the ridge for the winter?
Ekaterina Somova, Yaroslavl region.
Answered by Natalya Solonovich, scientific agronomist Most likely, the covering material was not dense enough, it should weigh at least 60-80 g/sq.m.
Several years ago, when I was growing large-fruited strawberries in a bed covered with geotextiles, began preparing the soil for it a year before planting.
In August, after harvesting the garlic, I dug up the ground, picked out all the roots of the perennial weeds, and then covered it with hay for the winter. And only in July of the following year, after I had applied fertilizer, I covered the bed with geotextiles and planted strawberries in the slot. I did not remove the shelter for the winter.
There were no weeds, the berries were clean, but the geotextile lasted only two seasons. As I learned later, in order for geotextiles to last longer, they should be used on beds fenced with boards or slate. Therefore, I abandoned it and in recent years I have been mulching the beds in the spring with pine litter, straw or sawdust.
After picking the berries, I remove the mulch or rake it between the rows. For autumn mulching, I use humus (mulch) in a layer of 4-6 cm. There is no need to remove it in the spring, just loosen the soil.
Now it’s better for you to remove the agrofibre, clear the bed of weeds and, if there is no humus, mulch the plantings for the winter with sawdust, straw or pine litter. It’s just worth considering that in the spring, under such mulch, the soil takes much longer to thaw.
Therefore, while it warms up, the mulch needs to be removed from the garden bed. And when the flower stalks of the strawberries begin to emerge (in the middle zone this is mid-May), mulch the soil again.
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