If you could have tiny roses come up across your lawn that were no higher than your lawn, would you like it? Imagine little dots of pink, or burgundy, yellow, peach spread across the lawn. Pretty, huh? What if they required no care at all, they just appeared yearly as a free gift of nature? Even better!! What if instead of roses, they were tiny yellow chrysanthemums? Still pretty? If you say yes, then look closely at a dandelion flower. Is a dandelion not a small yellow chrysanthemum-esque flower? It’s all in the perception of what we’ve been taught to admire and to disdain.
In addition to being cute as a button flower, which they are, they are an important “first food” for bees and other pollinators. They are one of the first flowers to appear as the weather warms enough for flying things to be up and about. Dandelions produce high-quality nectar to feed hungry, sluggish bees in the most dangerous time of year – at the end of winter when their stores of honey are running low.
And how about us humans…do dandelions offer us anything besides pretty yellow flowers? They do! The young greens are edible and purportedly quite nutritious. Note: do not eat any plants from a lawn that has been treated with any type of pesticide (herbicides, insecticides, etc).
Was there ever a person, young or young at heart, who didn’t enjoy blowing the silken seeds from a dandelion head to watch them float gently on the breeze. You can’t deny it.
So, if you have dandelions in your lawn, just wait a bit. Give them time to feed the bees, and maybe fill the salad bowl before you mow them down. You know you are never going to get rid of them. Lawn maintenance companies and agrochemical suppliers have been working on it for eons and yet every year, there they are. So, make peace with the noble dandelion. Hold off the first lawn mowing until after the flowers are gone. And if there are seed heads before the flowers finish, just pucker up and blow…
Written by Donna Black
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Since 1993, the Southern Conservation Trust has dedicated itself to elevating nature through exceptional stewardship. We currently conserve more than 57,000 acres of protected land across 11 states. We don’t just believe in protecting land, we believe people should have access to enjoy it. Preserving nature is what brings us joy!
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