John C. Hobbs

Agriculture and rural development specialist and CPD

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits, but gardeners often have problems with weed control. Strawberries form a mat of plants, so hoeing is difficult, and gardeners must pull weeds by hand or use herbicides. Unfortunately, homeowners do not have any weed preventers available for use on strawberries. However, we do have an herbicide that is a grass killer. Poast (sethoxydim) can only be used after the weedy grasses have emerged. Poast can be sprayed directly over the strawberries without harm. Do not use within 7 days of harvest. You can find Poast in Hi-Yield Grass Killer and Monterey Grass Getter.