How to Attract Frogs to Your Backyard – Attracting Wildlife

This article is part of a series about attracting wildlife. I did an interview with Women’s Health Magazine on tips to attract wildlife to your backyard, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and bees in particular. The article will be published in the magazine in the future, but I wanted to share my tips with you here.

This was question 4:

How to Attract Frogs to Your Backyard?

4. For folks who love how frogs sound (our Florida frogs are throaty!) or want more frogs around to control the bug population, what can they do to make their yard more attractive to these amphibians?

My favorite subject! Frogs are incredible. They do indeed dramatically control bugs, their night sound is a song that amazes visitors from the city, who mistakenly think the country is quiet at night! They are also extremely gentle.

Frog Habitat

To attract frogs, habitat, again, is key. As for the bees, grow organically. Don’t wipe out all the bugs. Bugs are the main source of food for frogs, so without bugs, there are no frogs. In fact, actively attract bugs. Install some low-wattage lights around the yard or leave an outside light on. Light attracts bugs and will become a favorite hunting spot for frogs.

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Frogs love to be around water, so a pond or buckets with water plants gives them a place to live. Place lots of rocks and debris around the water source so the frog has a place to protect itself. Grow plants with big leaves and plants they can hide in, like bromeliads.

Scarlet Star Bromeliad
Scarlet Star Bromeliad
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc. 

PVC Frog Homes

Put some short pieces of PVC pipe into the ground and regularly fill them with water. We have some of these frog pipes around our yard and each one is filled with a family of frogs. Kids love filling them up and seeing the frogs float to the top!

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Plant foliage around the pipes so you’re not wasting water – the water drizzles down from the pipe into the ground, so you’re effectively achieving two goals.

I was asked to clarify the size of the PVC pipe. It depends a little on the type of frogs in your area. My most successful, “full” pipe was 2”. As for the length, I’d recommend at least 12” high, mainly for protection. In a 6” tube, seeing how many frogs will use it as their residence, they are quite exposed to birds and other predators.

I recommend going as tall as 3-4ft. I know that may be unsightly in the garden, but you can paint them or place them amongst foliage plants. The more protection for frogs, the better.

Make sure you use a fertilizer that’s safe for frogs, like Happy Frog:

FoxFarm Happy Frog All Purpose Dry Fertilizer
FoxFarm Happy Frog All Purpose Dry Fertilizer

from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc. 

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This is going to sound really dense, but I assume you BURY the PVC pipe into the ground vertically? So a 3 -4 foot pope would require a 3 – 4 foot hole? So as the water level retreats from the top, won’t the frogs become trapped in the pipe?

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