The Q&A Archives: Frogs In The Garden

Question: How can I deter frogs from my hanging plants and my annuals garden? They are burrowing under my planted plants and uprooting them?

Answer: It's not much consolation, maybe, but you must be providing a wonderful habitat for them and some folks would love to be able to attract just one! The creatures may be looking for a place to lay eggs, in which case the problem should stop fairly soon. They may simply like the loose, moist soil in which case using a layer of mulch and avoiding evening watering might help make it less attractive. Also, avoid overwatering as some of them need mud to lay their eggs. Another possibility is that they are there to dine on slugs, so if slugs are a problem in your garden you might try controlling them, with a side benefit being a reduction in the other creatures. Finally, you might consult with a naturalist in your area and see if they have any suggestions for how to provide a separate area for them -- an area the creatures would find even more attractive than your plants -- or how to make it less inviting for them.

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