Collection location: Rock Creek Regional Park, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA [Click for map]
Project: My Cology is Better than Yours
Project: Collection – Local Mycoflora
Shiny wine-colored cap in spring, purple-gray gills growing in wood chips
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If I read your comment correctly, you are saying that the addition of the wood chips would be beneficial to the mycorrhizal fungi associates in both the short and long term. That is a nice surprise!
My experience with wood chip mulch is in the Pacific Northwest; in the short term, mulch helps to retain soil moisture. Longer-term the decayed wood chips add organic matter and other nutrients to the soil, which are often otherwise lacking in “manicured” landscapes where leaves are raked, dead wood is removed, etc. These benefits of wood chips largely mimic the natural benefits of leaf litter and coarse woody debris in a natural forest. I would assume what’s good for the tree would also be good for the mycorrhizal fungi associates.
isn’t wild a misnomer for S. rugosoannulata anyway? It was under a historic White Oak – the Linden Oak it is called. For some reason the county has started to spread wood chips under the canopy. I am not sure I understand the thinking. I guess it is obvious that mulch keeps down vegetation which makes it harder to maintain a tree. But what effect does mulch, in this case wood chips, have on the mycorrhizal communities in the soil? I have seen a few mushrooms over the years – nothing special in terms of frequency. The color on this collection is unlike any I have seen in the vicinity. All others have been dull brown. Everything has been growing on newly sown wood chips – which makes it seem like a domestic critter to me.