But gardenRN, if you live in Virginia, you should encourage the locally native wild strawberries - Fragaria virginiana
-- instead. They are delicious and my kids prefer them to the larger cultivated varieties I've planted for them to enjoy even though I did my usual thorough research and bought the varieties for best flavor.
Our wild strawberries started on their own in the front yard under a Japanese maples (courtesy of birds no doubt) and are in the process of creating a large island around the TWO Japanese maples. DH allows for the island to grow more into the lawn every year.
Is Fragaria vesca
native to western U.S.? I saw them in ...hmm... Territorial maybe?