In autumn the spring is on the horizon

In autumn the spring is on the horizon

The forest presents itself in a blaze of color these days. This variety of colors alone is an unmistakable sign of autumn, which is already in full swing. But with the falling of the leaves the next spring is already announced, as forester peter schmittnagel female. "Already in autumn you can see the new life on the branches. Next to the colored leaves, the small buds for the new leaves in the coming spring are already appearing. For me it is a miracle of nature", the nature lover emphasizes.
However, these buds are also a tasty morsel for many wild animals, which in many places can result in browsing by game, especially on young plants. "A whole year can be lost. Nothing will grow there for the time being,", describes schmittnagel the consequences. To prevent this, either a browsing repellent is applied or the plant is protected by a fence.

Nutrients are extracted

But why do the trees actually lose their leaves?? "In order to prepare for winter, the tree deprives the leaves of nutrients. He turns down his stofechsel, so to speak, to a low flame. The leaves change colors and fall off." The tree thereby reduces its basal area and adjusts to a kind of basic supply. In this phase, the total moisture content in the tree also decreases. "This is called the dormant period, when the deciduous trees are also cut down", explains schmittnagel. A typical example is the birch tree. "If you cut them in summer and want to use them for firewood, you can't get them dry anymore."

One to three bleeds

Falling leaves are just one of the many harbingers of autumn. Another is the autumn crocus, which grows in moist and nutrient-rich meadows or on bushes. It prefers sunny or semi-shady places, where it is not exposed to the wind without protection. "Its name comes from the fact that it bleeds in autumn to october outside the bleeding season of other plants", declares the forster. It bears one to three pale pink to purple bleeds, is found in september and october, according to schmittnagel, and grows up to 25 centimeters high. As schmittnagel explains, the autumn crocus is not without danger, because it is often confused with barlauch. "The heimtuckische is that one never gets to see their bleeders and leaves at the same time. And it is very difficult to identify it only by its leaves."

Poisonous plant

As schmittnagel further explains, the autumn crocus is very poisonous. If taken in coarse amounts, it can even be lethal. "Symptoms of poisoning in the form of nausea and vomiting usually occur after two to six hours", says the forester. And so it is hardly surprising that the plant, which is also known as poison crocus, autumn flower or michels flower, was used for poisoning in the middle ages.
Although the plant is also poisonous to animals, they avoid the autumn crocus: "it's amazing what instincts they have." Despite the damage that the plant can cause, it also has its good sides. "It is used in homeopathy as a gout remedy, for rheumatism and in small doses even for cancer", explains schmittnagel, who likes the beautiful autumn days when the colorful foliage shines in the sunlight. But he is dreading the much-described, typically wet and cold november weather. He prefers the spring a lot more. But until then he will have to be patient.
 

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