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