Dandelions are non-native weeds, why should I let them grow?

Do what works for you! The following answer is in regard to how to best support pollinators: 

If you have native landscaping but there are dandelions growing that may outcompete your native species, you should cut them! 

If you and a lot of your neighbors have a classic turf grass, then wildlife will indeed use dandelions for food and nesting materials. Birds use dandelions for nests, and bees will gather dandelion pollen when other pollen is not available. 

To learn more, refer to this article from the University of Illinois.

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1. Who does this apply to?
2. Why is Northbrook doing this?
3. Is there evidence that reduced mowing helps pollinators?
4. Can I only do a portion of my yard?
5. What if I think my grass is getting too long?
6. Dandelions are non-native weeds, why should I let them grow?
7. What should I do about dandelion seed heads in my yard?
8. My neighbor is participating, and I don't like it.
9. What about ticks?
10. What happens after Slow Mow May for enforcement?
11. What else can a property owner that cares deeply about pollinators be doing?
12. What is Slow Mow May?
13. “Slow Mow” vs. “No Mow”… What’s the Difference?
14. How do I participate?
15. Does the Village grass height ordinance refer to all grasses?