A Flowering Lawn For Bees And Dandelines

Dated: March 21 2019

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Dandelions are often the very first meal bees consume after they awake from their winter hibernation because dandelions are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Bees need quick nourishment after they emerge, and dandelions provide just that! Dandelions provide both protein (pollen) and carbohydrate (nectar). Did you know that bees can smell dandelions from a mile away?

Could you let dandelions grow? If you do this, you will be saving yourself money each year and saving plants and critters alike. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:Homeowners use up to 10 times more chemical pesticides per acre on their lawns than farmers use on crops, and they spend more per acre, on average, to maintain their lawns than farmers spend per agricultural acre. All Bethese pesticides are leached into the ground, get washed into creeks, lakes, and/or drains, and can even travel long distances by rain or fog, which is called non-point source pollution.

What can we do as homeowners to help boost the bee population?

- Do not use insecticides or pesticides and choose to buy plants from nurseries that use bee-friendly ways to eliminate pests.

- Plant bee-friendly plants.

- Accept or even enjoy a flowering lawn.

Do your part in supporting our bees by embracing a flowering lawn!

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