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Do you know how to attract frogs to your garden? Today when I was outside weeding, I came across a baby leopard frog and a baby toad. I was thrilled to find them, and I decided that I wanted to attract more of them. After doing a bit of research, I wanted to share a few suggestions with you.
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How to Attract Frogs to Your Garden
As much as I love wildlife, I’m not one of those people who wants to pick it up and get snuggly with it. My first response when I saw the frog move was to scream, not because I was afraid of it that because it startled me. When I was younger, my sister used to think it was funny to chase me with bugs and frogs. So, that said, I want the frogs in my garden, but I’ll pass on picking them up.
So, why do I want frogs in my garden? Basically, frogs will help keep the bug population under control. I hate bugs so that’s a good thing. Before we go much further, you should know that by attracting frogs to your garden, you may also be attracting toads. They live in similar habitats and both eat harmful insects so I welcome both. As a matter of fact, a minute or so after the frog startled me, a little toad hopped by the same area.
I live in Vermont so the frogs I have in my area may be different than the type you have in yours. I showed my husband the photos of the frog and toad I snapped and he was able to identify the frog as a baby leopard frog. We have no idea what kind of toad it was but it was clearly a baby. If you know, please let me know!
Here are a few tips to attract more frogs and toads to your garden.
Stop the chemicals
I hope that you’re not using pesticides or insecticides in your yard or garden, to begin with. It’s horrible to for any wildlife as well as for your family. If you want to attract frogs and toads, stop using chemicals.
There are some super cute frog and toad houses on Amazon right now, and I may end up buying one. But, for now, it’s easy to provide shelter by using an old clay pot. Just bury it half in the garden dirt and your frogs will be happy. A garden toad house would be a nice accent.
Frogs and toads don’t drink water like we do. They absorb the water through their skin. Because of this, they will want to have somewhere they can sit in the water. If you don’t have a shallow container. you can bury a small can – like a cat food can – and put a few big rocks in it for them to sit on. Someday, I’d like to figure out how to make a small frog pond.
To help your frog stay safe, you’ll want to make sure that there is a ground cover for them to hide under. Birds, snakes and other small animals will eat the frogs and toads if they can find them. We have a basil plant in the same planter I put the frog house and water bowl in. When it gets a bit larger, it will be the perfect cover. Until then, they like the side of the planter too.
Now that you know how to attract frogs to your garden, what will you try first?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.