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How to Kill Wild Strawberry Weeds

By Keith Dooley ; Updated September 21, 2017

Beauty and the beast is one way of looking at wild strawberry in a lawn. Wild strawberry, or Fragraria virginiana, features runners with leaves similar to that of a domesticated strawberry. Small and delicate flowers are produced in the spring followed by small red seed-covered strawberries. The beast of the plant is that it is difficult to hand pull because of the runners and requires a herbicide with a three-prong approach to control.

Step 1

Place a garden sprayer on the ground or on a sturdy work surface. Remove the lid by turning counter clockwise and set to the side. Put on safety glasses and gloves before mixing.

Step 2

Determine the total amount of liquid herbicide to be mixed. Consider factors including tank size and the amount of wild strawberry to be treated.

Step 3

Mix 1 oz. of herbicide that contains 2, 4-D, mecoprop and dicamba per 1 gallon of water.

Step 4

Pour the herbicide mixture into the sprayer one-quarter of the way full. Place the cap on the sprayer and shake or swirl the herbicide and water to thoroughly mix. Remove the cap and slowly fill the sprayer to the desired level to prevent excessive foaming. Place the cap securely on the tank.

Step 5

Hold the tip of the spray wand 6 to 8 inches from the wild strawberry and coat the leaves and runners thoroughly. Allow the herbicide mix to completely dry before allowing children and pets into the area. Monitor the die back of the plants for five to seven days. Reapply the herbicide as needed for control and eradication.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden sprayer
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Garden hose
  • Herbicide (with combination of 2, 4-D, dicamba and mecoprop)

About the Author


Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.