How to Destroy Strawberry Plants


Strawberries are a lovely fruit to enjoy on a spring or summer day, but the plants themselves can be very invasive. Since the mother plants send off so many runners--even in ideal growing conditions--strawberries can take over your garden. Not only are cultivated strawberries a problem, but also wild strawberries often grow naturally across the U.S. and invade gardens and lawns. If you have a problem with invasive strawberries in your yard, destroying the strawberry plants may be the only answer.

Step 1

Test your soil's pH. Strawberries grow best in acidic, sandy soil. If your soil is acidic and sandy it is no wonder the strawberry plants are invading it.

Step 2

Pull the strawberry plants up by the roots or mow over them with a lawn mower. This will not completely destroy them, but they will be out of your hair for a moment.

Step 3

Apply lime to your soil. Add 30 lbs. of lime per 100 square feet of soil.

Step 4

Mix the lime into your soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Add more lime to decrease the acidity further. Once the soil is no longer acidic the strawberry plants should die out.

Tips and Warnings

  • Add lime to your soil slowly so you do not make your soil too alkaline.

Things You'll Need

  • Lime
  • Soil test kit


  • Washington Post: Strawberry Fields, Forever
  • Soil Acidity and Liming

Who Can Help

  • Getting Rid of Wild Strawberries
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.