I am not the only one who enjoys this tree. There is a whole club. I caught this little...er, uh, chubby guy scratching an itch. There are lots of birds, squirrels and chipmunks that keep this tree active year round.
I anticipate the tree turning a bright golden yellow and all the leaves falling off within the next 3 weeks. I would LOVE to mulch the leaves, but I am not set up to do that. Maybe someday when I own my own house. Mulching leaves is a great way to "dispose" of the leaves responsibly, especially if you live in town. Compost piles make wonderful garden medium in the spring! Yes, I am dreaming big :~) I also can't wait until I can turn vegetable scraps into fertilizer! Ah yes, the worms will be so excited.