Beekeepers want people to stop weeding their dandelions
Association says dandelions important food source for bees, should be allowed to grow
The president of the P.E.I. Beekeepers Association is encouraging homeowners not to kill their dandelions.
Although they're considered a weed, Dave MacNearney says dandelions are an important food source for bees in the spring.
MacNearney is also a blueberry farmer, and he says if homeowners could keep just 10 per cent of their lawns natural, it would make a big difference.
"You know it's a habitat loss is really what affects bees," he said. "That green grassy lawn, it looks great but it's not very good habitat for honey bees or any other good natural pollinator."
He said that many people are concerned about bees, and the simplest solution would be to quit using herbicide to take dandelions out of lawns.
"It would be nice to just have a campaign to let the dandelions live," said MacNearney, "and know that they're kind of an indicator species of natural habitat for bees, rather than our manicured lawns."
That's what the City Of Summerside did last week, when a post on its Facebook site was about the "miraculous benefits" of dandelions.
MacNearney applauded that, but said it's very hard to change people's gardening habits.
MacNearney said he knows he's asking a lot from gardeners and homeowners who loathe them, but said they need to learn to love dandelions, and leave them alone.
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