A Sign of Fall

The change of seasons can be very subtle here on the Gulf Coast. Days are still hot and the leaves don’t change color until much later.  But, one sign of fall I notice is the disappearing leaf litter in my wooded area. The leaves have done their job keeping the soil moist and breaking down into compost to feed the trees.  Just as the old ones disintegrate, the trees will drop this year’s leaves to start the process all over again.

18 Comments on “A Sign of Fall”

  1. Very subtle! makes me think Mother Nature knows what she is doing/

  2. Tina says:

    That’s an observation that only a true gardener/nature lover would notice. 🙂

  3. Deb says:

    Interesting observation, I’ve never thought about this being a sign of fall!

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nature’s great recycling program!

  5. Yes. Renewing the soil.

  6. shoreacres says:

    One of the surprises of the piney woods for me was how loud pine needles can be when they fall, and how pretty they are as the begin covering ground that looks like this. That could be an advertising slogan: “Fall — It’s Not Just For Maples Any More.”

  7. Sheryl says:

    It’s fascinating how fall looks different in different regions. Fall is beautiful here – but the changes definitely aren’t subtle. It’s cooling down, and the leaves are past their prime and falling.

  8. I love leaves! Free fertilizer!!!

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Keen observation. It’s reassuring to have this kind of cycle and renewal.

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