With a sweet, fresh taste, strawberries from your backyard highlight the pleasures of summer. In many locales, strawberries can be easily grown with the right conditions. To start, though, strawberries plants should be spaced and planted properly.
Spacing for strawberry plants depends on the plant variety. June-bearing strawberries should be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart, according to the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture program recommendations. Leave 36 to 40 inches between rows. The second major type of strawberries, day-neutral plants, should be planted 8 to 12 inches apart, with 30 to 36 inches between rows.
Set your strawberry plants in the ground in early spring, as soon as the soil warms enough to be turned. Be sure the threat of frost has passed for your area before planting, however.
Trim damaged or dead roots from the plants. Set them in the ground with the midpoint of the plant's crown at the top of the soil. Tamp down firmly on the soil around the plants to remove any air and then water the plants thoroughly.