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Invite Toads for Natural Pest Control

How to give these insect-eating hoppers a habitat in your garden

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While they're not the most graceful of garden creatures, toads feast on flying insects and plant-destroying cutworms. Give these hoppers a habitat near your beds by making a shelter from a cracked or chipped terra-cotta pot. Here's how to do it:

STEP 1: Simply turn the pot on its side.

STEP 2: Look for a shady, cool spot, preferably near a light source, where bugs congregate.

STEP 3: Partially bury the pot as shown. Toads dig a moist environment, so don't worry if water pools around or inside the pot.

STEP 4: Avoid using chemical fertilizers or herbicides nearby, which can harm the little guys. Check out Organic Lawn Care for alternatives to chemical products.
While they're not the most graceful of garden creatures, toads feast on flying insects and plant-destroying cutworms. Give these hoppers a habitat near your beds by making a shelter from a cracked or chipped terra-cotta pot. Here's how to do it:

STEP 1: Simply turn the pot on its side.

STEP 2: Look for a shady, cool spot, preferably near a light source, where bugs congregate.

STEP 3: Partially bury the pot as shown. Toads dig a moist environment, so don't worry if water pools around or inside the pot.

STEP 4: Avoid using chemical fertilizers or herbicides nearby, which can harm the little guys. Check out Organic Lawn Care for alternatives to chemical products.
 
 

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