Another of my odd questions
The property I help out at has lots of large woody debris including whole trees toppled by some incredible storms and other pieces from that size on down. I've realized that cutting it all up into manageable wood piles just isn't going to happen and don't really see the need. In any event, I'd like this debris to more quickly grow fungi and moss partly for the sake of speeding up decay, partly for wildlife value and partly because I just like it. Is it better to leave bark on the wood or to strip it off a bit? Would throwing some of the surrounding forest soil on it here and there speed up the colonization by fungi and moss? How about drilling holes or making some saw cuts here and there? How about throwing on some material from my old wood chip piles as an innoculant? The area is a deciduous forest in Westchester County, New York. Unfortunately, some grand old oaks are among the bigger pieces that came down together with lots of tulip tree, some sassafras, various maples and a smattering of other species common to this area. BTW, yes some of the wood will be going to various creative and practical uses like rustic benches, firewood, erosion control, etc. but there will still be lots left over.