Wildlife in the Garden

Happy American Frog Day!

Frog in Thyme 

Frogs, and toads for that matter, are cherished inhabitants in my landscape. They feast on slugs lessening the damage to beloved hostas. They also eat insects, lots of them, including mosquitoes, flies and pests that harm vegetable and landscape plants.

Attract frogs to your landscape by supplying their needs: shelter and water.

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A brush pile is an ideal shelter. It offers small, cool, sheltered places where frogs can hide from predators and hot sunlight.  Insects are also attracted to brush piles providing frogs with delicious snacks.

A rock pile constructed with gaps between rocks would also work. Frogs even appreciate a shelter as simple as an overturned clay pot propped up to leave an opening for them to crawl inside.

Place your shelter in an out-of-the-way spot in the garden. If it can be located near a source of water, that’s even better.

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Frogs cannot live without water. I’ve read frogs require standing water, but they don’t seem to mind the moving water from the waterfalls in my pond. Moving water supplies oxygen for fish and frogs, and it keeps mosquitoes from breeding.

Plants in the pond provide shade and supply oxygen.  Algae is another food source.

Frogs hibernate in my pond deep under the water – amazing, isn’t it?

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A frog-friendly landscape is free of chemicals. Avoid the use of insecticides and fungicides and water treatments in ponds whenever possible. Never use treated lumber when making brush piles.

I enjoy the frogs in my landscape. They swim alongside me when I am gardening at the water’s edge. They spring – with a splash – into the pond when I surprise them. It is always amazing to witness their tadpoles becoming frogs.

Invite some frogs into your landscape, reap the benefits of their pest control, and garden with me!

 

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