It’s February, which means that we’ve nearly arrived to the official spring season (finally). It also means that if you’re a gardener, you may be itching to get back outside and begin tilling the soil and planting once again. However, in the midst of all of the greenery reviving itself, weeds will also begin sprouting up! One of the most notorious culprits that will begin cropping up in the month of February are dandelions. But what harm do these vibrant yellow little flowers actually cause? It turns out that in fact, they may do a lot more good than we may realise.
It’s especially in these early weeks of the changing seasons that the prevalence of so-called “weeds” like dandelions can make a big impact. February is the time when early pollinators begin to rise out of hibernation. This includes species like solitary bees, honey bees and hoverflies. These dandelions can serve as a critical food source for early pollinators, especially since they are prevalent before most other flowers are planted. According to an article by The Guardian, “each dandelion head contains up to 100 individual flowers, known as florets, which contain nectar and pollen.” That can make a significant meal for bees, whose population numbers are currently struggling. Most of this population loss is attributed to parasites and pathogens, insecticides used by the agriculture industry, as well as climate change.
How You Can Help
So, before you decide to mow over or pull out those dandelions in your garden, take a moment to weigh out the positives versus the negatives of simply letting be. Remember just how beneficial these tiny flowers can be to creatures that can use all of the help that they can get to maintain healthy population levels. It’s also worthwhile to remember how remarkable of an impact that pollinating insects like bees have on the wellbeing of crops, which directly impacts our supply chain of food.
If you want to go an extra step to help out these hungry pollinators, try to plant more flowers with exposed pollen and nectar parts. These are typically much easier for pollinating insects to eat from, as opposed to more “pompom” shaped flowers like Dahlias.
The Benefits of Our Bee Mix
Believe it or not, you can make a positive impact for the bees by way of marketing promotions, as well. BuddyBurst offers a variety of promotional products with seed mixes that are specially designed with bees in mind. Try our Bee Mix Seedballs; notable brands like BNP Paribas have already found success in using these guerilla gardening products in what we call our “Bee Mix.” Seedballs can be thrown onto literally any soil, and after they’re scattered, they simply need to be watered. Nature will handle the rest, and an array of wildflowers that bees will love will be sprouted in no time.
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