Some Silicon Valley homeowners spruce up their yards and gardens in spring and summer with tanbark or mulch. While this is a very common practice, it can be a bad idea if too close to the home’s . Tanbark is simply small bits of wood, and mulch is often no more than shredded wood (sometimes it’s peat moss). Why is that bad? Wood is the food for termites and piles of tanbark or mulch can hide them as well!
Habitat: Wood - Tanbark mulch and compost of a manicured garden plot on a college campus. Was aggressively bound to the wood. Grew in a cluster of around 100. Harvested about 30.
Restoration seems to be a way of life in old, original Lutherville. Sounds of swinging hammers and the odor of fresh paint are everywhere. The sounds of struggling rototillers and piles of tanbark mulch mean that old gardens are being reclaimed while newer ones are being renewed.