Why You Should Leave Those Dandelions in Your Yard

Dandelions are herbs, so why do we consider them weeds?

They might not appear where you want them in the yard, but their uses are far and wide, from being an early source of pollinator food to having holistic medicinal value.

Here’s how you can take advantage of the many benefits of dandelions.

Dandelions are not as invasive as commonly thought.

An annoyance, perhaps, but far from being aggressively spreading plants that alter natural habitats, the hallmark of a truly invasive species.

Dandelions add color to the drab landscape of early spring.

As soon as frost has passed, dandelions begin to dot the southern slopes, brightening the brown and gray landscape with pops of chartreuse.

Dandelions are an important source of food for wildlife.

The flowers provide nectar for nearly 100 species of insects, while the seeds and leaves feed over 30 species of birds, chipmunks, and other wildlife.

Dandelions encourage biodiversity.

Their presence alone attracts and supports several key species in the local ecosystem, including native bees, butterflies, moths, and birds, which in turn pollinate fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other flowers that feed even more species.

Dandelions protect the soil.

Since the plants grow so quickly, they spread widely to cover bare soil and act as a natural mulch or ground cover by providing shade and conserving moisture.

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