How to bring frogs into my garden

Hello again everyone. I would really appreciate some help. The thing is, my garden is full of slugs and snails. Oh, and aphids too. I just read last night that if I introduce frogs and toads into my garden, it will help to get rid of these pesky pests. But I don't know how to lure a toad/frog into my garden. Or should I buy them? If so from where? A normal pet shop?

It probably sounds silly, but I would really, really be grateful for your input. This year, the slugs ate ALL my spinach  and amaranth :(

Many thanks in advance




  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,626

    Make a pond and they will find their way on their own.

    There's plenty of info online to help you re size, materials, design etc.  Have a look at this advice form the RHS - for starters.   Remember, whatever you do, to make an escape route so amphibians and any visiting hedgehogs and other critters can escape and not drown.

    You might also consider controlling slugs in other ways.  Again the RHS is a good starting place - 

    The Vendée, France
  • Thank you there any way other than a pond? My garden is not too big, there isn't space for a pond :( I will read those links now :)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    Frogs will forage in your garden if there are ponds fairly near by but they breed in water so won't be found miles away from it. 

    If you use slug pellets you can guarantee no frogs and toads, or not for long.

    I'm sure there are other suggestions on Obelixx's link

  • I've read on one of the links Obelixx sent me that I can try putting a shallow container of water in the garden to see if it attracts frogs. I will do that. I hate slug pellets and haven't used them, but I was sorely tempted this year. One of the links also mentions Nemaslug, which is a biological control. I am thinking of getting a packet whilst waiting for the frogs :)

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,143

    There does need to be permanent water somewhere for frog, but they don't seem to be too fussy about what form it takes.  A couple of years ago I'd left a gravel tray out, and it had filled with water over winter.  When I went to move it, it was full of frogspawn.  We don't have a pond and neither to any of our immediate neighbour.s

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Hi l.gardener - it's a combination of things. If you can control the slugs and snails a bit, especially in spring, by physically removing them or using the nematode approach, that's probably the best way forward initially. Encouraging birds in to help eat them will also help, and a little tray of water like KT53 suggests, will attract other wildlife. Before I made the little pond I have here, I left a seed tray of water out - mainly for the birds to drink and bathe in. All these things will make a difference over time. 

    You could also have a little boggy area somewhere with a few pond and bog plants. That will give frogs somewhere to go even if you don't have a pond as such. Some logs and wild corners in a quiet spot too. The wider habitat is just as important for them as the water. image

  • FirecrackerFirecracker East Lancashire.Posts: 195

    The couple over the fence from us,have a very old baby's bath (2'x1') they always have Frogs in the garden.The pond has been there since they moved in, in the 70s.image

  • WateryWatery Posts: 387

    I have frogs in the garden and I still have slugs.  It is not at all a cure-all.   Apparently runner ducks are but I have a dog and a small garden.   You shouldn't try to introduce frogs from elsewhere because 1. They may not survive in your conditions and 2. It spreads ranavirus (frog disease.).   You may have frogs even without a pond, but how many slugs could a frog eat?  Night time raids help keep populations under control... or go out and look under rocks during the day.   Kudos for not going for pellets and other poisons.   

  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,019

    Watery is right, I'm afraid. I have lots of toads in my garden and enough slugs to supply the whole county. I am not sure how many slugs one toad can consume in twenty four hours but during the summer I was going out each evening and collecting three hundred. (I counted to relieve the tedium and to put a limit on the task, it would have been easy to get twice as many.) I am all in favour of encouraging frogs and toads but if you want to reduce the slugs you need to take other measures.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    I have a huge pond, so many frogs you can't walk on the path at night come mating season and...

    some of the biggest healthiest slugs you'll have seen!

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