1. Prepare your soil. Be sure to mix in lots of high quality organic matter. If you are local, Moo Doo from Hygrass Farms on the Auburn plateau is a fantastic choice. Really, I love this stuff.
2. Purchase a bale of straw-not hay. Although there's nothing like the sweet smell of hay, a bale of it contains seeds galore. You certainly don't want to put all the work into creating such a rich environment for your precious plants, only to introduce thousands of tiny weed seeds.
3. Mulch your garden beds with the straw and feel fully satisfied that you are being a good steward over your little patch of edibles. Ahhhhhhh... You ARE a good gardener!
4. Check on your garden. In about ten days you will find a nice green lawn surrounding your strawberry plants. Be sure to realize that not all straw is created equal. In fact, some of it is just down-right poor quality and full of little seeds.