“Weeds are just plants out of place.” The definition every first-year horticulture or turf student learns teaches not only what a weed is but what is not. A plant in the right place with the desired function is not a weed – and that is the case with the dandelions at the University of Wisconsin—Superior campus Apiary. Dandelions, one of the first bloomers of the spring, are purposefully left here for the bees to have a source for pollen. The bees, along with the flowers, are waking up and looking for flowers to pollinate and get nectar from. The dandelions are a great source of early food for the bees.
As other, more desirable flowers start blooming a little later in the year, the dandelions are not as important, but as a one of the only boomers early, and these dandelions are not weeds at all. So appreciate the beauty of the yellow flowers that help feed our bees, a significant source for pollinating our fruits and vegetables.
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