Renovating strawberries this late?
I know, it's a month later than I meant to do it, but things have been busy (and July was too hot). My plants are crowded so close it's a solid mass of foliage, some foliage is spotted, I have to thin but I'm wondering
1) should I mow first or thin first? If I thin first, at least I can pull out those plants with the spotty leaves.
2) If I mow before transplanting, it will make it easier to see the crowns, but will the plants survive transplanting with the leaves shorn off? Will leaving runners on the mothers, with foliage on the runners (they're shorter so we could probably go right over them) help the plant get established, or will leaving runners on at all take more energy from the mother?
3) What are the chances of runners taking if I cut them off the mother plants and then transplant the runners? Most of them (at least the ones on the edges of the bed) don't have roots yet.
Thanks - trying to figure out the best way since I didn't do this right after harvest and frost is coming sometime this month!