is almost ( not always) a good thing. But straw isn’t always the best mulch to use.
It’s ideal for tomatoes
These tomato babies have their bases covered in more ways than one.
Strawberries, on the other hand, do better when mulched with pine needles, aka pine straw. Pine needles are slightly acid, which strawberries like, and they’re more inclined to lie flat. This is important for very short fruit plants. Fluffy oat and rye straw tend to shade low leaves, and leaves need sun to make sweetness.