What to do with strawberries plants after harvest?
What should be done with strawberries in the Fall after they are done producing berries?
Should they be cut down? Last year, I just left them to winter, and they did fine. But, it was a real hassle in the Spring cleaning the old foliage out from in between the new leaves.
I didn't mulch the plants, so I think perhaps the old plant provided a natural "mulch" and warmth for the winter. So, if I cut them down in the Fall, what do I put on top of them for the winter?
Would compost work? And, whatever mulch is put on top, do I have to remove it in the Spring?