I bet you are asking yourself why in the world you want to attract toads to the garden, right? If you love growing your own food, you really need to keep reading to find out! We have a TON of toads in the garden and I am thrilled that they call my back yard home.
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Hate Garden Pests? Encourage TOADS in the Garden!
Toads eat garden pests like the dreaded hornworm caterpillar and squash beetles that like to attack my garden. Learn how to attract toads and you will have significantly fewer garden pests! But, can you just stick out a toad house with a for rent sign and hope they show up? Not really!
I am going to share a few ways to encourage toads to visit your yard. So that garden pests are less of a problem! Remember, once you get them there, they are more likely to breed and your toad population will take off.
Garden Toads Everywhere!
I remember a day not too long ago that my teenage son was mowing the back lawn. I listened to the sound of the mower running for a few minutes, then it would stop. A few minutes it would start again and run for a bit and then stop again.
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I wondered if maybe he was having lawn mower trouble and went outside to check on him. Turns out, every few feet he had to stop and rescue a baby toad as it tried to hop away from the mower.
My poor kid spent an hour mowing a small patch of grass and probably rescued a dozen toads as he worked. I’m glad he was so diligent since I worked hard to attract toads to the garden and would hate for them to get mowed over!
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Where do toads live?
Wondering where toads live around the world? Just about everywhere! Well, there are a few places where they are not native. Greenland, Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the polar regions are not native toad habitats.
But, in the rest of the world, you will find an abundance of toad species. The warmer and wetter the region, the more abundant they seem to be, however, they can live farther from water than frogs can.
If you are trying to find toads, they can usually be seen at night, or occasionally in the daytime after a good rain, from March to October. Look in wooded areas of your yard and damps spaces in the garden. Also in parks, fields, ditches, lakes and shallow slow-moving rivers.
Are toads beneficial to a garden?
So, first off, lets answer the question of WHY you want to attract toads to the garden. Are toads beneficial to a garden? Basically, YES! Because what do garden toads eat? BUGS! Bugs are a gardeners worst nightmare and toads like to eat them. So, the more toads you have in your yard, the less garden pests you will have to deal with. Sounds like a great plan to me!
Attracting toads is very beneficial because they eat slugs and snails, too. Slugs and snails are NEVER good for a garden! I spend a lot of time getting rid of snails and making homemade earwig traps so I am happy for the toads to eat them. So, how do you attract toads to the garden? Here are a few simple tips.
How to Attract Toads to the Garden
Provide toad houses for them to live in:
Keep things moist for happy garden toads:
Other gardening tips you might like:
Use only natural lawn and garden products:
Get rid of invasive species
Learn how to catch a toad!
Don’t buy toads for your garden!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.