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July 25, 2014

Winter Protection for Strawberries
In areas where winter weather drops below 18 degrees F, strawberries will need protection. Straw is the preferred winter cover because it won't mat down, and will make a nice mulch when the plants are uncovered in the spring.

Apply the straw just before the first hard frost (15-18 degrees F.) Leave this covering in place until temperatures are expected to stay above 25 degrees F. When you're ready to pull back the straw in the spring, do so on a cloudy day or late in the afternoon so the bright sun won't damage the tender shaded shoots before they've had a chance to toughen up a bit. Leave the straw around the plants so that it can be used again if a late spring frost threatens the early blooms.

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