Surprising Reasons Why Dandelions Are Good For Your Garden

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 are 9 good reasons to ditch the weeder and take advantage of the many benefits of dandelions for our health and our gardens.

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.


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

Dandelions add color to the drab landscape of early spring.


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 are an important source of food for wildlife.


Hummingbirds use dandelion down to line their tiny nests, and beneficial insects and lizards seek shelter under the low-growing leaves.

Dandelions encourage biodiversity.

And they do so just by growing: the roots hold the soil together to help prevent wind and water erosion.


Dandelions protect the soil.

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