Lawn full of dandelions a good thing, says bee expert
When we look at our lawns we may believe we are providing a great environment for our precious #bees and other insect pollinators!
Lawn’s are in fact deserts, they may as well be a barren sandpit!
This is because there is little value to insects and for bees, there is no food.
Worth a second thought when you go to cut the lawn, why not leave it cut a little longer, or leave the corners long enough for dandelions to grow, please remember to not use insecticides on or near the flowers.
It all adds up.
Got an unruly, overgrown lawn full of dandelions?
Well, B.C.’s bees thank you for that — even if your neighbours might not.
Julia Common, chief beekeeper for Hives for Humanity, a group that advocates for wild bees, says dandelions are important for the local ecosystem because they are the first source of nectar for bees at this time of year.
“For the native pollinators, the dandelion is a source of protein. It’s pollen and nectar,” Common told On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko. “It’s nirvana for the pollinators.”
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Common says homeowners with a lawn should consider waiting until the bees have stopped visiting their dandelions before mowing.
“You’ll see beetles, butterflies, bumblebees, all sorts of insects on the dandelions. Perhaps give it a week or two, or set your mower a little bit higher and maybe miss those dandelions,” she said.
“You could put up a sign for your neighbours if they think you’re a messy homeowner and say this is actually a pollinating lawn, I’m feeding the bees.”
So while you may take some flack for it, Common says it’s worth it to help out the bees.