It’s important to Save the Dandelions because…
a) They’re yellow and pretty
b) You can eat them
c) They’re good for your lawn
d) All of the above
If you choose any of these as your answer, you’re correct! If you chose option d), you’re the most correct.
Today dandelions have the dubious reputation of being weeds, pests, and a blight on the lawn. But historically, dandelions have been cherished for their nutritional value, medicinal purposes, and beauty. They were known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. They probably arrived to the Western Hemisphere on the Mayflower, likely for medicinal purposes.
This month MOM’s is launching Save the Dandelions!, a campaign to raise awareness about how we treat our bright yellow friends and how we treat our lawns.
Three million tons of fertilizer and 33,500 tons of synthetic pesticides are used on U.S. lawns every year in an effort to make them look “healthy,” pretty, and free of dandelions. But all of that green beauty is only turf deep. Lawn care chemicals don’t just end up on lawns–they end up in our waterways and ultimately wreak havoc on our ecosystems and personal health. Considering that there are more acres of lawn than the top 8 U.S. farmland crops combined, it’s more important than ever to think critically about lawn care and the systemic effects of a chemically dependent yard. MOM’s supports organic, sustainable lawn care and is determined to do whatever we can to Save the Dandelions!
In partnership with Clean Harbors, MOM’s is accepting your unused pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides (still in original containers) for proper disposal.
Did you know…
- Pristine manicured lawns originated in 18th century Europe as a status symbol and slowly became popular in America during the post-war housing boom, creating a competitive market for lawn care products.
- Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre than agriculture.
- Lawn care chemicals help create Dead Zones in our Watershed that kill wildlife and make humans sick.
- GRASSCYCLE! Nix the bag. Fresh grass clippings are a natural, nutrient-rich & free fertilizer.
- 30 of the most common lawn care pesticides are linked to health problems including cancer and neurotoxicity.
- Lawn care products can be approved and registered by the EPA without a guarantee that the chemicals have been fully tested for environmental and human health effects.
- The #1 irrigated crop in the United States is lawn grass, using over 19 trillion gallons of water every year.
Let’s Save the Dandelions!