Frogs and toads, just like so many other animal species, are suffering a decline in numbers. This is due to environmental problems, climate change and human factors and show that the changes we are seeing in the environment are signs that something is wrong.
What many people should realize is that frogs need to be viewed as an important part of the ecosystem.
Frogs and toads are not only very beautiful and diverse (Frogs per Wikipedia – approximately 4,800 species); they can also prove to be very beneficial for your garden.
- Every ecosystem is comprised of multiple species that create a chain. It is what keeps the balance in nature and what maintains life as we know it. As such, frogs and toads have their place under the sun and should be protected. This is the reason why you will do very well to ensure that frogs can find shelter in your garden. If you provide the right conditions and features for these amphibian creatures, they should appear.
- Frogs are good bioindicators. There is a lot that you can learn from the frogs in your garden. Frogs can show you that something is wrong in the area, or if they are happily breeding and living in the area, then everything should be okay. If you are dedicated and want to have a perfect garden, you can use the indications from frogs to know if the conditions in your garden are good, or if the frogs that used to dwell there suddenly go missing, you will know there is a disturbance.
- Pest control – frogs are amazing at cleaning the garden from harmful insects. If you are having such problems, you can easily eliminate them by introducing frogs among your plants. A single frog can eat over 100 insects, such as caterpillars, sow bugs and cutworms and more. These can destroy your entire garden if left unchecked. With frogs around, you won’t need to use harmful pesticides, either.
Toads and frogs can be one of the best solutions for your garden. Not only will you have a garden safe of bugs and insects, but you will also have very pleasant amphibians hopping around.
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I love my frogs but this spring I have several hundred thousand or so in 2 1/2 acres No I am not exaggerating At night right now I can not walk out in backyard without stepping on many. Like the ground is moving. Still I love em. and try not to hurt them.
Wow, Philip, that is a lot of frogs! Any chance you can send in a few photos and tell us your location? – Susan
This summer is my first year experiencing a heavy frog population. Me and my partner are in Minden, Nevada just below Lake Tahoe and we have frogs front and back yard I have also noticed a greener yard and less bugs. Before reading this small article I thought we had a problem. So now w welcome our little friends as long as they don’t get to out of control we will see. They are good night hoppers and disappear during the day. So they are club goers.
Thanks Bernard, for the report. If you get a chance, can you share a photo with us? Just email it to email@example.com or post it to our Facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/frogsaregreen
I live in Central London and have a small garden with a pond. I did not want to introduce fish or any wildlife to the pond since we have cats and just grow water lilies in there. This summer I was amazed to find a few frogs in the pond. We did have to rescue a couple from our cats who, to our knowledge, have not killed any but they are fascinated when they see a frog leaping and try to hold them down and play with them. The frogs we have rescued play dead when they are captured by the cats but were unharmed. We took them to a nearby park where there is a large pond and hope they have a better life there. Have we done the right thing or do you think frogs and cats can cohabit? Also to our knowledge there are no other neighbouring ponds for at least 1000 meters and there are several garden walls and obstacles to overcome before getting to our garden. Any clues as to how they discovered our pond and why to such a small one? Thanks
Hi Angela, what an interesting story. I think I’ll share it with Frogs Are Green followers on Facebook and see if anyone else has seen cats and frogs living together in harmony (or not.) – Susan
Good story guys. We are going to put a small pond in our allotment
I’m on the environment comity at school and propossing that we make a frog garden at school. Any tips?
Emma, can you share more details about the space (size and location) as well as where you are? – Susan
I have just come in from my garden after seeing 2 tiny black frogs under my sun lounger. I live just outside town in a new housing estate, I have planted a lot of insect friendly perennial plants and flowers, but no pond and don’t really understand how these little guys will survive. Any suggestions as I don’t want a pond?
There must be some water nearby that you’re not aware of?? Can you check online if there are any ponds near you? Thanks, Susan
hi I live in a town in Derbyshire and last year put a kitchen bowl in the back of my garden because no room for pond and saw 2 frogs around I have 2 baby frogs now is it ok for them to only have this bowl as I love my frogs they are safe and I see them everyday I worry they do not have a big pond I have stones in the bowl and they sit with their heads out quite happy thank you rosemary
I’m sure there is another water source nearby. Can you send a few photos? – Susan
I’ve seen about 4-5 frogs in my backyard. Living in Reno, NV right now, moved from LA. I try to just leave them alone, only notice them when I water after it gets dark at night. I have one that’s actually hanging out in a planter on my porch during the day, sneaks out at night. I snapped a picture of it, greyish green and black spots on it.
I’ve got lots of little frogs in my garden, which I want to keep there. How can I ensure they stay?
Hi Leah, thanks for your message. Is there a pond nearby or do you have water there? What kind of flowers and plants? Where are you located and what type of frogs visit? Can you send a few photos?
Hi Rob, thanks for your report. Can you share photos of the frogs and the backyard? – Susan
Good morning. I live in London and have a small pond in my garden for almost 20 years. Once the heron had
fished all the fish we had in there, the frogs have established themselves. Counting this morning there must be
more than 10 in there, all mating. Even the very small young ones from last summer are chasing the females. Many of them are by now very pregnant and so there will be a lot of off spring this summer. I love these beautiful creatures. I have never used any sprays or chemicals in our garden and they often hop into the surrounding shrubs and plants.
However, this month I have seen some very strange behaviour as some of them are mating outside the pond and some pregnant females have been found in the street by my neighbours. They must be desperate to spawn because they look so big. Annemarie
It sounds like a very healthy area for the frogs. Please keep us posted on this behavior and anything else that seems odd.