A garden with a pond filled with cute little frogs will give it more life and provide that cottage-core aesthetic we all desire. However, frogs aren’t entirely decorative but also helpful.
They’re part of an intricate ecosystem that fends harmful pests off your garden. For this reason and many more, you may want to know how to attract frogs to your pond.
In this post, we’ll highlight the pros and cons of having frogs in your pond and we’ll learn how to provide them with a peaceful home and nurture them in your garden.
Frogs play a vital role in the surrounding ecosystem. This role includes them eating harmful insects and, in the process, protecting agricultural crops.
In addition, they’re an integral part of the ecosystem’s food chain; without them, many animals will be endangered.
With this in mind, frogs also serve as an indicator of pollution because of their sensitive skin. Frogs breathe through their skin, and for this reason, they tend to die when they’re in a polluted environment.
In addition to the general importance of frogs, they are also beneficial for your home and garden.
Here are some of the reasons frogs are actually good for your garden’s pond:
- Frogs feed on harmful insects, and they’ll protect your home and family from mosquitos, ants, and flies.
- They’ll also protect your garden and plants and get rid of pests, without the need to use harmful pesticides.
- In addition, frogs in their larvae stage, also known as tadpoles, eat algae and will help keep your pond clean.
- Finally, when frogs exist in your garden’s pond, they indicate that you’re fostering a healthy and unpolluted ecosystem that is safe for you and your family.
Before attracting frogs to your garden’s pond, you might want a reassuring answer to some of your biggest concerns.
No, most frogs aren’t poisonous. For instance, many animals and birds feed on frogs.
There are over 60,000 frog species in the world, and only 220 species are known to be poisonous.
The most common are Green and black poison frogs and Black-legged poison frogs.
Frogs don’t make a pond dirty. On the contrary, they feed on the pond’s algae and keep it clean.
In other words, they indicate that your pond is clear and not polluted.
For all these reasons, frogs will be a welcomed addition to your pond and garden. However, is your pond suitable to be a frog habitat?
Frogs thrive in certain conditions that you can easily emulate in your garden’s pond.
They need a large pond because they avoid the sun and use their skin for breathing underwater. However, they can’t breathe water through their noses into their lungs and thus, need a shallow pond.
Given that, can frogs drown in a deep pond?
Yes, in contrast to popular belief, frogs can drown in water if the pond is deep.
With this information in mind, you need a shallow pond to attract frogs to your garden. In addition, the pond should have gentle slopes so the frogs can effortlessly get in and out of it.
In general, frogs are endangered species due to harmful human activities. For this purpose, frogs are barely getting by as is and won’t infest your pond or garden.
Still, if your pond is too small, an overpopulation of frogs can disturb your pond’s ecosystem because they’ll consume most of the plants and organisms in their vicinity. If that’s the case, you can trim some plants to make the pond less hospitable and reduce their population.
Fortunately, in a decent-sized pond, the frog population is naturally balanced because not all tadpoles survive, and many predators prey on frogs.
Frogs need room to live in a pond, but you can attract them to ponds as small as one square meter.
However, according to the Toronto Zoo, ponds for frogs and toads should be at least two meters wide and four meters long with a half-meter depth.
The large size of the pool will ensure that the frogs will stay in your garden’s pond all year round. It’ll give them more room to live, hibernate in winter, and breed in the pond.
No, frogs aren’t bad for koi ponds.
Generally, experts recommend separating fish and frogs. In other words, frogs tend to eat small fish, and fish tend to eat eggs, tadpoles, and little frogs.
However, in the case of koi fish and frogs, these two species can be somewhat compatible. With this in mind, frogs won’t harm adult koi fish but they might eat small ones.
On the other hand, hungry koi fish can eat the odd tadpole, even though they won’t go near them if well-fed.
Furthermore, this delicate ecosystem can benefit your koi pond because the tadpoles feed on algae and help keep the bond clean for your fish.
Additionally, you can use koi fish to keep the population of frogs in check.
Once you decide that you want frogs in your garden’s pond, it’s time to fill it with these little creatures.
To attract frogs to your pond, you need to create a natural habitat that will nurture frogs. Here’s what to do and what not to do when attracting frogs to your pond:
Here’s the natural way to make your pond a spot where frogs come to hang out:
Whether creating a brand new pond or expanding your old pond, a frog habitat needs to be roomy and shallow.
First, dig or expand your pond to be four meters long and two meters wide.
In addition, make sure the pond’s slopes aren’t too steep because frogs need accessibility to get in and out of the pond.
You might want to create a frog ramp for the pond to make it easier for the frogs to get in and out.
Apart from this, don’t over-clean or filter the water because frogs sometimes feed on algae, and tadpoles need it for sustenance.
Even though frogs are amphibians and can breathe underwater through their skin, they spend most of their time on land.
Due to their delicate skin, frogs are extremely sensitive to sunlight.
For this reason, frogs need heaps of shade, and the best solution is to use leafy plants that provide enough shadow to protect the frogs in your pond.
Additionally, you can use logs and foliage to make your pond and the surrounding area an interesting terrain for frogs.
You can also provide colorful plants that attract insects, which in turn attract frogs.
Frogs are helpless creatures. You need to protect them if you want them in your pond. Keep your dogs and cats away from the garden to keep the environment safe for the frogs.
In addition, don’t keep predatory fish and frogs in the same pond because the fish will eat frog eggs, tadpoles, and any frog smaller than themselves.
Moreover, don’t use pesticides on the plants in your garden because chemicals can kill or drive away frogs. Instead, the frogs will protect your plants against harmful insects.
Finally, learn about your area’s native frog species to spot any invasive species that can be dangerous to frogs, pets, and your home environment.
It can take a while for frogs to find your pond. However, don’t rush the process and stay patient.
Eventually, some frogs will find their way to your garden and make a home in your pond.
The most common question to ask when you want to have frogs in your garden is, why not just buy some frogs and put them in my pond?
Theoretically, you can but we strongly advise against it.
Before getting out of your way to get frogs or even build a natural habitat to organically attract them to your pond, you should study frog species native to your local area.
Specifically, if you buy the wrong frog species and force them into your garden’s pond, these unfit species might not survive in a non-hospitable environment.
Alternatively, they might infest your local area, prey on native species, and even spread diseases.
Frogs commonly live for about 10 years. However, some frogs can live up to 30 years.
They reach maturity at two or three years old and have varying lifespans according to their species.
The plants needed to attract frogs will differ from place to place. Still, you can plant some well-known plants around your pond to attract frogs.
You can’t think of frogs without thinking about whitewater lilies. These floating plants aren’t only a lovely addition to your garden’s pond but also help to attract frogs.
Additionally, their nectar attracts insects, and their floating leaves serve as a ground for insects to lay their eggs.
As a result, these floating plants provide frogs with food. They also serve as a resting place for frogs to stand on.
Frogs require an interesting terrain full of nooks and crannies. For this reason, frogs will need a variety of different plants.
With floating white water lilies in your pond, now you need some plants of the leggy variety. For this purpose, horsetail is a great option to plant around a pond.
These long plants are great for hiding as they provide shade and shelter for the frogs. In addition, horsetail attracts dragonflies which work to keep the mosquito population in check.
Furthermore, dragonflies attract frogs and are a good meal for them.
Finally, horsetail plants aren’t only to diversify your garden’s ecosystem, but they also have many medicinal benefits.
Flag iris, both yellow and blue, can grow in the wild in marshes and meadows. However, you can also plant yellow iris around your pond.
These bright yellow flowers will give a pop of color to your garden and attract insects that the frogs will follow.
Like its namesake, water lettuce is big and leafy. They’re ideal for frogs. In addition, these plants work to oxygenate your pond.
Furthermore, their roots serve as a ground for frogs to spawn. Like white lilies, they’re a perfect resting spot for frogs.
In addition, these leafy plants are food for frogs and attract dragonflies which also serve as food.
Frogs are essential for our ecosystem, and it’s healthy for your garden to have them. All you need to know is how to attract frogs to your pond.
Frogs will come willingly to your pond if it’s big enough and hospitable. All they need are plants and places to hide from the sun.
Just make sure to protect them from your pets, harmful chemicals, and invasive species.
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