What materials are suitable for mulching strawberries?

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What materials are suitable for mulching strawberries?

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Clean, weed-free straw and chopped cornstalks are excellent mulches.  Leaves, however, should not be used as they tend to mat down and don’t provide adequate protection.  Apply approximately 3 to 5 inches of material.  After settling, the mulch layer should be 2 to 4 inches thick.  

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