Believe it or not, April is National Frog Month. What better way to honor our little amphibian friends than to build them a nice little home and attract them to your garden? Yes, you read that right – you actually want frogs in your garden.
Frogs are great garden inhabitants for one big reason: they eat bugs. Lots of bugs. So they help keep your garden pests under control without sprays or powders. As an added bonus, they also eat mosquito larva. Who could complain about that?
Frogs require a year-round source of water. To attract them to your garden, provide pools of water for them to live and breed in. If you have the space and the desire to maintain a small pond, that would be the best way to attract and keep frogs. According to the Backyard Living Examiner if frogs are abundant where you live, they will readily move into a newly constructed water feature.
If space is limited, provide small pools by burying shallow pots in the ground near your garden and filling them with water.
Frogs hide under big leaves and logs. If you don’t have dense foliage near your garden, you can make hiding places for frogs with pieces of wood or upturned flower pots.
As amphibians, frogs breathe through their skin. This makes them particularly susceptible to contaminants; therefore it is extremely important that you don’t use chemicals in or near your garden if you want to keep frogs around.
Visit Save the Frogs! for more information about frogs, and to learn about Save the Frogs Day later this month.