Toads and frogs may not be the cutest species in the amphibian world, but attracting them to your garden can have numerous benefits that you may not be aware of. Attracting and keeping toads and frogs in your garden can help control pest populations naturally without forcing you to invest in costly pesticide.
Toads and frogs also help your garden remain healthy and since their populations are on the decline, keeping them also helps the ecosystem. Whether you live near undeveloped land or are a city dweller, here are 8 ways to attract toads and frogs to the garden:
Create a small water body
To attract toads and frogs to your garden, the first thing that you need to do is provide a habitat or viable breeding ground. Toads and frogs are amphibians which means that they require moisture to survive and reproduce. If you have pets around, make sure that you create some type of barricade to prevent the pets from munching on them.
Plants are important because they help create the ideal environment for amphibians. You should be extremely careful when selecting your plants because there are many plant types that are poisonous to frogs and toads. The best plant types to include are aquatic because they can increase oxygen levels in your pond.
Trim your lawn
Make sure that you trim your lawn to allow frogs and toads to roam about freely. Trim your grass on a regular basis to prevent your frogs and toads from being trampled on as a result of long grass blades.
Gather compost leaves and litter
The compost leaves and the litter will provide the toads and frogs with food by attracting insects, which is what amphibians feed on the most.
Build an enclosure
Although keeping toads and frogs can have numerous benefits, not all individuals are fans of amphibians. Also, when attacked, toads can secrete a harmful secretion that can be debilitating to your pets. As such, to keep everyone, the best thing to do is build an enclosure.
Toads and frogs do not like sunlight because it dehydrates them. Therefore, your shelter must be located in a cool place. You can provide a cool shelter by lining the edge of the pond with clay pots or large boulders or stones that can provide a cool place for them to rest.
Prepare for winter
Frogs and toads hibernate during winter so you want to provide a location and shelter that is fit for hibernation. Dig several holes near the shelters and fill them with dead leaves and compost to provide a warm habitat.
Stay away from chemicals
Frogs and toads breathe through their skin. If you use pesticides or herbicides avoid them because they can be harmful to amphibians.