Critters in the Leaves | Our Mississippi Home


by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D., Our Mississippi Home

Fall in the deep south occurs later than in more northern parts of the country. Leaves put on their fall colors in November here right before they carpet the ground with a mosaic of colors and texture. May I pause now to say to the naysayers – YES! We have great fall colors! OK, I feel better now.

Of course, this is also the time of year that homeowners store their lawn mowers and pick up their rakes to fallen leaves from their lawns. As a proud owner of a wooded lot, my rake is relegated to keeping the bulk of leaves off my gravel drive and for collecting wild grape leaves under my large live oak for use in my compost pile. The rest stays in place and contributes to a rich forest floor leaf litter community of critters. This diatribe is about the diversity of these…

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