Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:26
I think they do get up a bit further when the wood is dead and rotting, nut. I've tried to remove all of the dead stumps etc from my garden as the HF needs a lump of rotting wood in the ground as a 'home base' it seems. Quite a job as my long raised border in the back garden was fronted with a 6" thick, 2' high wall of wood from the remains of a 70ft Ash which came down a few years ago and with which I got creative with a chainsaw. When I was pulling the sections out, lots of them were 'veined' with HF bootlaces.
Now I've replaced all of that with treated decking boards, I'm hoping the HF will become less of a problem. Really hoping!
When I first cut the Ash up, I left about the bottom 10' of the trunk for a year and was rewarded by a massive growth of Silky Volvar (caps of 10"!) which were delicious, but not much of reward if my infestation of HF was the payment!