Care to be Taken
In fact, the real threat to this plant, more than pests, are cold temperatures and repeated thawing and freezing of the soil throughout the winters. Primarily, there are only two ways by which one can ensure strawberry plant care during this season; reduced watering and heavy mulching.
However, during winters watering should be minimal, as it can send a chill down to the roots and kill them.
Ideally, one should start mulching before temperatures drop below twenty degrees; October to November, depending upon the zone you live in.
The timing of mulch is important. An early application will not give the plant time to get used to the fall in temperature. Conversely, if applied too late the plant's crown will get damaged, affecting next years crop and making all your winter care efforts go down the drain.
There are many types of mulch to choose from. Experienced gardeners recommend using weed-free straw or chopped cornstalks for mulching. Avoid mulching with fresh fallen leaves, as they tend to not only smother new growth, but also trap air and create space for ice to form.
The layer of the mulch should be three to five inches thick. It will protect plants and soil from cold and variations in temperature. It should be forked out when the strawberry plants show signs of growth in spring. Ideally, remove it between March to April, once it starts aging.