I'm one of those people, yes, I let weeds live happily in my lawn. As long as it's green and alive I really don't care what it is. I have no interest in a perfect svelte green lawn. Mine is wild, long, overgrown and annoying to most people. I used to get a real high off mowing my lawn, it was instant gratification but now we have a reel mower that I hate to use, so my lawn mowing pleasure is gone.
With it's exit has come a whole new world though, eating my former rivals. I like to think of it as revenge eating, sort of "you think you get to live here for free and crowd out my grass? disrupt my vegetable growing? check it out I'm going to eat you" And we do. In Alaska you can eat: nettles, dandelions, lambs quarter (we called it pig weed when I was little), chickweed, clover and shepards purse, talk about gardeners revenge!
But they can be! The greens make an excellent peppy salad full, literally full of vitamin A, more than a full days supply. They have about a third of the vitamin C you need everyday too. Woohhoo. They can be eaten raw when small or when bigger and more mature you can steam them.
The flowers can be picked and made into dandelion wine. There are hundreds of recipe for this, pick one and have a go. Make sure you have the other ingredients on hand though because you don't want to pick a gallon of these
and not have yeast.
The roots can be dug, cleaned, dried, toasted and ground for making a drink like coffee. This is a great liver cleanser but go easy, I've heard headaches accompany more than one cup. I have some roots drying on the counter right now, I'll be drinking a cup of this about once a month from now on. The roots are very long, a tap root, they bring nutrients up from deep in the earth to feed themselves.
The bees love them, as one of the first flowers of spring they provide the first food for bumble bees and honey bees alike. Local to your area honey can lessen spring and summer allergies.
Peace and Love--