Instead of using pesticides, or other poisons to kill insects, why not use nature instead. By nature, I mean why not try to encourage frogs and toads to live in or around your garden. Frogs and toads are wonderful friends of the garden. Did you know that an adult frog could eat at least 10,000 insects each summer? That eliminates insects that you won’t have to worry about.
Frogs and toads usually live by a pond, stream, lake or other body of water. But even if you don’t have these in your area, you can still encourage these reptiles to live in your garden. All you need to do is provide the necessary environment.
Frogs and toads love moist places to live. So, build them a little pond. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. All you need is a spade, sheet of plastic, some sand, and water.
Find the Right Location
To build your pond, find a location that offers partial shade. One section of the pond should be close to thick growing vegetation in your garden area.
With a spade, dig a hole that is 2 or 3 feet deep in the middle. Slope the edges so that the outside perimeter of the pond is shallow. This allows the frogs or toads to enter and leave the water easily. You can make the pond as wide as you want or have room for in your garden.
Making the Pond
So your pond can hold water, cover the bottom with 2 to 3 inches of sand. Lay down a sheet of heavy plastic or a tarp over the sand. The tarp should cover the entire hole, and up the sides extending past the outside perimeter. If you have an old kiddie pool, you can cut that down to fit. Make sure there are no holes at the bottom, or the water will drain away.
Add another 2 to 3 inches of sand over the plastic. Place some dirt, or low flat stones to keep the edges of the plastic from blowing around. You don’t want the rocks to be so high that the frogs or toads have trouble jumping on them.
Fill your pond with water.
Next, you’ll want to find some plants to add to your pond. Plants provide the water with oxygen, so the water stays alive, not stagnant. You can also plant some native grasses around the pond. As the grass grows, allow the leaves to drape into the water for a natural effect.
You will also want the rest of your garden area to be moist. To achieve this, lay 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the ground in your garden. This keeps the soil moist, making it a more inviting place for frogs and toads to live.
Frogs and Toads breathe and drink through their skin. It may take a while before the frogs find your little pond. You can find some frogs to add to your garden. Sometimes schools have tadpoles that they study, but never know what to do with them afterwards. Maybe you can get them and put them into the pond. If you use tadpoles, do not put any fish in your pond, because the fish will eat them.