The Garden Buzz: Three Reasons to Love Dandelions

| 5/5/2011 9:45:32 AM

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Many of you living further south than me (and that's most of you) have already seen dandelions popping up on your lawns.

What’s your reaction? Do you groan at the thought of yet another season of fighting this “plant out of place,” or do you smile knowing that its sunny little bloom means that spring is upon us?

05-05-2011-1Here are some reasons to love the little dandelion.

1. Dandelions are an important first source of nectar for bees and other beneficial insects. Their blooms act as a bridge to survival for bees and other bugs that have managed to make it through winter until more plentiful blooms of spring appear.

2. Dandelions' stubborn and seemingly endless taproots help to break up soil and actually draw vitamins and nutrients closer to the soil surface.