LJ - My raised beds are made by taking the soil and pulling it back onto the bed. Maybe you could 'edge' yours somehow to prevent the strawberries from growing out to the lawn. My beds are right next to the compost pile that keeps rolling over every year making my garden bigger!
OSure- Thanks for explaining why we should mulch in the winter...makes sense. Pulling the straw over my plants may bring disease. Thanks for mentioning it - I didn't think about it. I'll put some fresh straw early and then maybe add some grass clippings if needed. I'm sure I should leave some open spots for the runners to set.
Chloe - I'd wonder if your runners set with you mulching with newspapers and grass clippings...but getting 20 pounds of strawberries is enough strawberries for me!
Carrotpatch - I planted my first strawberries in the early fall also. I've read where you should 1. cut back the runners for the first year so next year's crop is big or 2. be select in the number of runners you let 'set/grow' to increase the size of the berries that grow.
Any ideas on the runner situation for carrotpatch and me?
I also wonder if where we are in zone 5 makes a difference on mulching or not. I know if you go 3 hours north or south of me makes a big difference in winter weather. Thanks for all your advice so far. I taking notes!