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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.

A red cedar tree may take a century to completely decompose. Pacific silver fir will totally decay in about 50 years.

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 provide homes for birds that eat insects.
  • When standing dead trees fall they provide habitat for ants that eat the insects which kill trees.
  • When these logs rot they store water and provide nutrients for the growth of the forest.

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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