You can spend a lot of time communing with nature in your garden. Hours can pass as you enjoy all the beauty and life that exists there. If you’re like most people, though, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to the wildlife that makes its home in your garden. Aside from the plants and flowers you painstakingly care for, everything else is just a bonus–but you don’t go out of your way to make your garden an inviting place to live. [photo via flickr]
April is National Frog Month, so maybe it’s time to start thinking about inviting some frogs over to visit. There are several ways in which frogs are beneficial in a garden, and lots of things that you can do to attract them. Try these tips to add some froggy life and beauty to your backyard garden. Lt’s start with listing how frogs can help your garden…
- The garden frog is a predator of many common garden pests. They eat many of the things that annoy you in your garden and help keep a healthy eco balance. Mosquito larvae, sow bugs and caterpillars are quite a treat for garden frogs.
- Plants, especially vegetables, benefit from frogs as well. Frogs will forage on the decaying outer leaves of many plants, which helps the plant remain healthy. These leaves are usually not fit for human consumption anyway, so it means less work for you in the long run.
- If you have children, frogs provide a great opportunity for education. Frogs are fascinating creatures that kids love to watch and interact with. Since garden frogs are harmless, having them in your garden is the perfect opportunity to teach young children about wildlife and the proper treatment of animals.
Now let’s talk about how to attract those frogs to take up residence. One of the best ways to attract frogs to your garden is to create a small frog pond. The moister your garden is, the more hospitable it will be to frogs and they will move right in. A frog pond should not be too deep, have plenty of plant cover for protection and hiding, and contain still spots for breeding and laying eggs. You could even add a few fish to your pond, but make sure they are ones that don’t find frog eggs to be a delicacy.
It’s okay if building a frog pond isn’t an option. As long as there’s plant life and a water source of some sort (a birdbath, or even a bucket of water that’s accessible) frogs will find your garden hospitable. You can even add a few toad abodes (small ceramic houses for frogs and toads) here and there for housing. Make your own toad abode by turning a flowerpot upside down and propping it up with a rock. Place it in a shady place and watch the frogs flock to your garden.