Strawberries are an attractive food source for humans as well as animals and insects. Stawberry plants are sensitive to cold and need protection from winter temperatures and drought conditions brought on by wind. A few non-invasive measures deployed throughout the year will help protect your strawberries from the elements and predators, ensuring long-lived plants and abundant harvests.
Mulch over your strawberry plants in the early winter with straw or pine needles to protect from winter cold, prevent heaving of the soil and displacement of plants. Move the mulch to between the plants in the spring after the last frost has passed to hold moisture in the soil, prevent soil splashing on the berries and keep competitive weeds down.
Keep birds from eating your strawberries by erecting low mesh and wood frames over the plants. Plastic or wire mesh frames will allow full sunlight and moisture to the plants and soil, as well as allow excess heat and moisture buildup to escape. Use a mesh gauge of 1/4-inch or so to prevent small birds from making it through or getting stuck or trapped.
Weed regularly between the strawberry plants to remove competitive weeds that will rob nutrients from your strawberry plants and invade the growing space. Invasive weeds will choke the strawberries out over time.