My family and I live in the suburbs, which means we are Lawn Care Masters. Or at least we’re supposed to be. With lawns mowed to just the right height at regular intervals. Grass watered so it stays green and not brown. Trimmed edges. And, by golly, NO dandelions.
But I always wonder why dandelions are so bad in the first place?
1.) Look at how cheerful they are!
Little yellow flowers dotting a field of green–a carpet of color. Some people pay really good money to get this kind of color in their flowerbeds, and yet we pull, dig-out, and spray nasty chemicals on the flowers that grow for free in our lawn. Yes, I called them flowers.
2.) If it weren’t for Dandelions, I wouldn’t get nearly so many flowers as gifts from my kids.
Come on! When a toddler stumbles toward you with a fistful of dandelions saying, “Fwowers fo you, mama!”, your heart melts. Unless you are totally made of stone, that is. If we get rid of all the dandelions in the yard, how will I ever get flowers from my kids?
Plus, let’s just add to the honesty here, it keeps them from picking the flowers in the garden. Isn’t it nicer for me to say, “Oh! Thank you so much, I love them!” than it is to say, “Oh no! We don’t pick Mommy’s daffodils.” Help me be the nice mom here! Let the dandelions stay!
3.) Survival of the fittest, yo!
I mean, is it really the dandelion’s fault it can grow anywhere, multiply like crazy, and crowd out everything else? Just because it’s hardier than any other non-naturally occurring plant we want to keep? That’s like hating the Yankees just because they beat everyone else. Oh wait…
4.) They’re edible.So just think about it: Come the Zombie Apocalypse, there aren’t going to be grocery stores. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you could sustain yourself on the weeds growing right in your very own backyard? That’s so Man vs. Wild. So bad ass. So…probably not possible unless you have a huge yard and store up for over the winter…BUT in theory you’d have at least a few days advantage. And, according to the Leaf Lady, dandelions rank in the top 4 among leafy greens for nutrition. And apparently they have the power to cure all kinds of diseases. Yeah. I know. Take THAT big pharma!
Who doesn’t remember picking a dandelion after it had turned to fluff, making a wish, and blowing the seeds away? Sure, you probably gave your parents and neighbors more weeding work, but it was fun! And that’s what matters. Sadly, Steven Adams never did ask me out in the fourth grade, so my wishes didn’t work. But whatever. I was in the FOURTH grade. What did I need a boyfriend for anyway?
You can tie dandelions together and make necklaces. You can rub them on your friend’s arm and leave a yellow mark and make a crude joke about dandelion pee ( That’s elementary comedy GOLD). You can put them behind your ear and look all flower child-ish. So much good stuff!
So SAVE THE DANDELIONS! These hard-working, under appreciated,
weeds flowers deserve more respect. Plus, it’s a royal pain to pull them and I’d like to avoid it if possible. Bring me another lemonade so I can relax, please!