MDCP Record for 03300301
Collection Date: March 30, 2003
County or City: Snohomish
Collector's Notes: What was once a row of laurel trees is now a garden bed. I cut the laurel trees down three years ago and had the stumps ground last August '02. We then wrangled a tree removal service and persuaded them to dump their truckload of cedar chippings -- branches, trunks and whatever -- along with whatever else they cut and chipped that week in August '02. We spread the pile of chippings to about two feet deep by 10 x 40 and then composted a layer on top about 4 to 6 inches. About eight feet away to the West is a row of laurel trees and eight feet to the North a Japanese nutmeg. There are morels growing directly under the nutmeg also. We did not put the chippings under the nutmeg but we did compost the area. Typical of the Pacific NW it was a dry summer and fall with a rainy winter with temperatures a little above normal this season (like the last three). We have a lot of different kinds of mushrooms in our yard. I don't know if this is typical for the Pacific NW or because we compost the yard every fall or spring or both.