Build A Pond For Your Frogs
Why not build a pond for your frogs?
This summer has been hot and rainy, and with more rain on the way, it’s a great opportunity to seize the rare sunny days. Head into the garden before Autumn brings a chill. Frogs make great companions to your garden as both predator and prey. Birds, fish and lizards eat the frog eggs, tadpoles feed on algae, microorganisms and rotting plants, and tadpoles are eaten by just about everything. Even other tadpoles if the pond is too crowded!
So why frogs, what’s the benefit?
These carnivorous amphibians are remarkable pest controllers by eating beetles, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, moths, centipedes and cockroaches. They don’t stop there, they also devour snails and slugs, ensuring these detrimental pests keep away from your veggies and flowers.
How to build a pond:
Diagram courtesy of sgaonline.org.au. Details elements of a frog pond.
Select a container for your pond. Any container that holds water will inevitably attract frogs, just ensure it’s the right size for your garden. Pick a spot that isn’t directly in the sun (frogs won’t survive best in direct light). Dig your chosen container partially or fully into the ground.
Create some places for your frogs and tadpoles to hide in by adding some rocks in the water, plants and foliage on the skirts of the pond. Adding a piece of terracotta pipe submerged in the water will give your tadpoles a place to hide from wading birds. Ensure the plants you incorporate into your pond are non-toxic and non-invasive – native plants are the best option. Some native water plants can include water ribbons, leaf rushes, swamp stonecrop.
Native ferns like water ferns and coral ferns do really well around boggy edges. Shrubs such as Callistemon, grevillea, banksia and Leptospermum provide shade and their flowers attract insects for the frogs to eat. Native trees planted a bit further away serve the same kind of function. Eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon myrtle and lily pillies are all suitable choices.
The next chance you get, hop out into the garden and get some frogs around to keep your plants healthy and happy. Keep us in the loop by sending us your pics, happy gardening!