Really? Didn’t I spend my whole life trying to get away from toads?
Sure, but I have learned so much more about toads since my dating days. The best reason to love them is that they are great garden helpers. They love the pests we gardeners hate. Toads eat nearly 100 insects every night. AND they eat snails and slugs as well.
To make friends with a toad, build him (or her) a house. An ideal toad house is damp and safe from predators. They need someplace to hide. “Dank, dark and decaying” is a real estate description no toad can resist.
Build your toad house in the dampest place in your garden to be as maintenance-free as possible (always a consideration here). The lowest spot works. Or repurpose that pesky irrigation leak you can’t find to fix.
Make a slight depression in the earth and line with half-rotten leaves. Then place a broken clay pot overtop of the depression and set out your “for rent” sign. Add a shallow pool as an added attraction. Keep the home moist and your dream toad may show up to move in. Personalize with hot-glued rocks if you like, or buy a fancy one at a nursery, but the toad doesn’t care.
If no toads are attracted to your available real estate, make sure it really is dank, dark and decaying before taking more active measures to bag one for transplantation. Read up on the how-to’s of toad-napping here. When catching a toad, please be mindful that these are living creatures.
It’s a win-win-win for you, your garden and the toad.