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We always used to have a big strawberry bed which we strawed liberally and when the crop was finished, we set fire to it! Away went all the bugs, mould spores, old leaves, weeds, slugs & surplus runners and the plants came back bigger and better than ever! I expect they benefitted from the ash. If the straw is left to rot, it robs the soil of nitrogen to do so.
The very best mulches I have found for strawberries are pine needles (pine "straw"). This keeps the berries from touching soil and rotting and it keeps the soil much more evenly moist while still allowing water to filter down easily. I have not had good luck with straw as it seems to encourage the slugs and snails and it doesn't keep the berries dry enough.
Wood chips also work (NOT bark but rather chipped up tree branches) and break down slowly so provide a long-term source of nutrients.