You are growing a goldmine in your yard. Known as dandelions, these yellowed-headed flowers that brighten your lawn and darken your smile are worth more than their weight in, well, pesticides! An astro-turf lawn may be more stylish, but a dandelion- adorned yard will benefit you in many ways.
Dandelions are vital for pollen collection. Environmentally speaking, they support some ninety-five types of insects, not including bees that rely on their nectar after other flowers have ceased to bloom. Cross- pollination, the work of these bees and winged insects, ensures a healthy and vibrant garden by fertilizing flowers and vegetables. Dandelions are also indicators of dry soil and their roots open the earth to receive moisture.
Infamous for their hearty growth in virtually any situation, dandelions have nutritive applications for an equally broad variety of human health conditions. The flowers contain vitamin A and B2, the leaves contain cartotenoids, and the roots contain sterols (a crucial nutrient for adrenal glands and kidneys), pectin, vitamins, inulin and taraxins. A myriad of other nutrients are contained