Rotting Wood and how it affects the Environment
Rotting wood and your garden
Rotting logs are a very common feature of wild ecosystems. Rotting logs recycles nutrients back into the soil and provides a healthy habitat for a wide range of insects, plants, and animals. Rotting log provides homes for small mammals, insects, worms, and spiders. The rich, organic soil provides a unique habitat for fungi, tree seedlings, wildflowers, mosses, and ferns.
Help your garden by leaving a few logs to rot in an unobtrusive area.
How long does it take for a tree to decay?
The time it takes a tree to rot depends on the species, the various fungi that move in, the moisture content, the geographic location, and the size of the tree.
Standing dead trees
Standing dead trees and rotting logs are essential to a healthy forest. When trees die they usually remain standing for ten years or more.
Standing dead trees are called snags.
Standing dead trees and woodpeckers
Standing dead trees provide a place for woodpeckers to make holes for nests. Woodpeckers eat insects which kill trees. Larger woodpeckers eat the most insects and need the larger dead trees. When the woodpeckers abandon their holes in the dead trees, the holes become nest holes for other birds which eat the insects that kill trees.
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