How to make your garden frog friendly
In Australia frogs need a few things thrive. By making a few changes to your garden, the frogs will come all by themselves. If they are slow to arrive, play a tape of frog calls on a hot humid night. Once one arrives, the others will follow quickly and then you will have your very own frog chorus. To make your garden frog friendly we recommend the following ideas:
- Insects to eat. These can be attracted to your garden by:
- mulching your garden beds;
- keeping a compost heap; and
- having a wide variety of local native plants.
- Humidity. A well-vegetated native garden including
- ground covers;
- understorey plants; and
- small to large trees will decrease wind movement, thus increasing humidity.
- Hiding places and lots of shade. Growing plants of various heights will provide retreats and shelter for your frogs.
- Suitable places to breed. Ponds with shady coverings and emergent aquatic plants are good breeding places for frogs. You may want to experiment by creating a temporary pond that fills only after rain. This is the type of pond many species of frogs prefer. Warning: do not locate your pond under your, or your neighbour’s, bedroom window – those frogs can be pretty loud!
- A clean environment. Chemicals should be avoided in your garden. Frog skin is quite thin and easily absorbs chemicals. Frogs are also likely to eat poisoned insects with fatal consequences.
If you have a swimming pool, there is a good chance that frogs will occasionally drown in it. Frogs are attracted by the high humidity and the gardens surrounding of the swimming pool. In order to prevent accidental drownings, some sort of sloping float should be placed in the pool. This should be at the edge of the pool because frogs swim around the edge when they are looking for a toehold to climb out of the pool.