For the second year in a row, the City of Rosemère is participating in the Dandelion Challenge, an initiative of Miel & Co. The challenge encourages Quebecers to delay mowing their lawns to provide nectar and pollen for bees, which is important for the start of plant pollination season and providing one-third of our food. There are no specific dates for the challenge since the grass is not at the same stage in the different regions of Quebec.
The City of Rosemère will be mowing its green spaces except for sports fields at the right time before the seeds are dispersed. Citizens are also invited to delay the first mowing to benefit bees and pollinating insects.
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The Dandelion Challenge is a great opportunity for Rosemerites to support local pollinators, which are essential for a healthy ecosystem. Delaying the first mowing can help to give bees and other pollinators a much-needed boost to their populations, which in turn can ensure that our food supply remains plentiful.
Although dandelions are often seen as a pest or an unwelcome weed by many people, they have many beneficial qualities. They are not just a source of pollen and nectar for bees, but also a source of nutrients and medicinal compounds. The leaves of the dandelion plant are rich in vitamins and minerals, and the roots can be used to make tea with numerous health benefits.
Furthermore, the dandelion plant can also help to fight climate change by improving soil quality with its deep roots, which can in turn help to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. By allowing dandelions and other spring flowers to grow, we can help to promote healthy soil and a healthy ecosystem, which can help mitigate the effects of climate change.
The city of Rosemère cautions residents that it’s important to note that the Dandelion Challenge does not mean that lawns should be left unmanageable. Instead, the challenge encourages delaying the first mowing of lawns until the dandelions and other spring flowers have had a chance to provide pollinators with the nutrients they need.
The Dandelion Challenge is an excellent way for residents to support local pollinators and promote a healthy ecosystem. Delaying the first mowing can ensure that bees and other pollinators have the resources they need to thrive. So, the next time anyone sees a neighbor’s yard full of dandelions, there is no need to be alarmed, as it is for a good cause!