Some bugs and amphibians are actually good for your garden. Add toad houses to the garden to attract toads for natural pest control. Just as fairy-tale toads can be turned into handsome princes with just a kiss, ordinary toads become plant protectors just by hopping into the garden. They may not be pretty, but toads eat plenty of bugs, so you'll be glad to see them. To encourage toads to come to live in your garden, try the following:
- Put several broken clay pots in the garden for toads to hide under.
- Water when the ground gets dry to keep the environment pleasant for amphibians.
- Avoid spraying toxic chemicals on the garden.
- Watch out for toads when tilling, hoeing, or shoveling.
Beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, can help your plants fight off pests.
Not all plants and animals are welcome in your garden. On the next page, learn about keeping pests away from your plants.
Want more information about gardening? Try these:
- Garden Care: Take care of your garden to promote healthy plant growth.
- Tips for Preventing Garden Pests and Diseases: Use these tips to keep pests and diseases away from your garden.
- Controlling Vegetable Garden Pests: Find out what to do when garden pests attack.
- Gardening: Learn the basics of successful gardening.