Dandelion Debut

Dandelions get a lot of undeserved hate. Many people work hard to rid their landscapes of these "weeds." Did you know that a weed is just a plant that is not wanted in a particular landscape or area? But why has society deemed dandelions such a pest? These plants are actually really important and should be left alone. Dandelions are usually one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, providing essential pollinators like bees with food before other flowers start to appear. Without dandelions, these pollinators have an even tougher chance of survival. Not to mention, people usually will use harmful pesticides to rid their lawns of dandelions, which is not only harmful to wildlife but also to the environment/ecosystem in general. The standard manicured lawn has a negative environmental impact in general, but that is a post for another day.

So please, embrace these little blooms of sunshine - the pollinators will thank you for it.

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