How To Make A Toad House
When creating a backyard habitat, don't forget about the toads! Toads eat thousands of insects from vegetable gardens and flower beds, helping to keep your garden bug-population low.
Turn old or broken flower pots into toad houses - this is a simple, fun project you can do with your kids that can be put together in no time.
What You Need
- A flower pot or coffee can
- A small shovel or trowel
- A handful of leaves
- Embellish the outside of your flower pot or coffee can, if desired. You can do this with waterproof paint or by gluing pebbles to the sides.
- Pick out a cool, shady spot in your garden. Dig a small hole that is still large enough to accommodate your container when it is laying on its side.
- Drop the container into your hole, and bury the bottom half. (Toads love to burrow, so it's important to create a dirt floor)
- Stick a handful of leaves inside the container to serve as bedding material.
- Make sure there's a water source near your toad house. Even a saucer of water will do the trick.
- If you have pets, keep your toad house out of areas that they frequent.
- Turn your broken flower pots into toad houses. They work just as well as undamaged pots.
- Place a wet rag inside the house, under the leaves, to keep it cool and moist - this will help to attract toads to this new abode!