Invite Toads for Natural Pest Control
How to give these insect-eating hoppers a habitat in your garden
Put a cracked or chipped terra-cotta pot to use
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.