LIFE GARDEN-EARTHWORMS 3 AK

Trilliums line the road along M-119, north of Harbor Springs, Mich. (Bob DeMay/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Earthworms are our friends, right? Not necessarily.

It turns out the slithery creatures that work magic in our gardens are also wreaking havoc on our forests. Earthworms are to blame for changing the forest floor in ways that threaten the survival of some plants, including the beloved trillium.

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