Some might say that weeds are a nuisance; however, the definition of a weed according to the folks at Homestead Heritage is: any plant that man hasn't found a good use for yet. One main benefit of having a few weeds around is biodiversity. The early yellow flowers of dandelions are the first flowers bees go to when gathering pollen in the spring. Varying types of weeds bring in varying types of life which can enrich the soil and keep the ecosystem healthy.
Yet there comes a time when looking at a scraggly weed is tiresome. Yes, we've pulled quite a few out of the flowerbeds, but we have left the majority of weeds in the yard as a temporary erosion control measure. The drought all but obliterated our Bermuda grass, and anything that will grow in the sparse areas to help hold the soil together is a welcomed sight. As the Bermuda fills in, it will choke out the weeds like it always does.