How to Use Paper Mulch on Strawberries

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Using paper mulch on strawberries is a good idea for a number of different interesting reasons. Find out how to use paper mulch on strawberries with help from the founder of Gardenerd.com in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd, and I'm here to show you how to use paper mulch on strawberries. Now most commercial operations use long sheets of plastic and even home gardeners tend to mulch with plastic. But if you use newspaper, it's recyclable and it's biodegradable. So it's much better for the environment. And it serves pretty much the same purpose. So what happens with newspaper is you take a few layers, you want to use at least two, maybe three layers and you can do this a couple of different ways. You can lay the strawberries in the ground first and then put the layers of newspaper along the sides. You want to leave about two to three inches of space around the crown of the plant so that you're not causing rot around there. And then you basically will use soil or mulch to hold the newspaper in place. Now that's the first way to do it. The second way to do it is prepare your area before planting the strawberries with newspaper by covering the entire area with two or three sheets. And then cut holes in the paper and plant your strawberries in the middle. Again leaving enough space for the roots. And basically what newspaper does is it helps block out the sun so you're not losing a lot of water to evaporation and it helps warm the soil in the spring so you can plant faster or earlier in spring. And the fact that it's biodegradable means you put it down once, it breaks down over time and then you can just reapply the next season and or take what you have laid down, collect it and put it in your compost bin to finish the process. Either way you end up with a great environment for growing strawberries using paper mulch. I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd.

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