When the ground thaws I'm planning on putting in a mini-pond, around 20 gallons. The point of it is to hopefully attract some frogs, since we have a nice Green and Leopard frog population nearby. Also, I'm thinking of buying live tadpoles from a bait shop since it might be easier to keep them around.
Here is a photo of what I plan on doing:
(1.) The surface of the pond and small area of ground around it will be lowered about 4", surrounded by landscaping timbers.
(2.) 2 layers of landscaping timbers will surround about 2 1/2 of the 4 sides to help give frogs extra feeling of security (i realize this will make it harder for them to find).
(3.) A foot or more of woodchips or rocks will help separate that area from the grass, making it safer for frogs while cutting grass.
(4.) A small shallow pool of water will drain into the pond, creating more surface water, theoretically making it more appealing to frogs, though I'm not to worried about the lack of surface water, since they seem to like my neighbors ditch, which has almost no water in it.
If you guys have any ideas on what plants would be best to add around or in the pond, I'd like to know. Specifically anything I can easily find at any home & garden store. I also heard that frogs like duckweed on the surface of ponds.
Any other ideas you have on how to make it more appealing to frogs is appreciated. Keep in mind that everything in that image, I already own, and my budget for this project is only enough for some plants and maybe goldfish.
You do not need any timber around the pond for security but plants are what you want and frogs will find their way there for breeding.
I am in the south so the plants I have like papyrus won't work for you but any plant that is a couple feet high and blocks the pond view from the street is great.
A small pot in the middle of your pond with one dwarf cattail planted in gravel will add alot.
I would think you have toads in your area so not sure if they will breed with goldfish in pond.
The little oak toads around here do not breed in my buried platy ponds but the tree frogs and other frogs do.
"A foot or more of woodchips or rocks will help separate that area from the grass, making it safer for frogs while cutting grass"
You could also put flower pots on that .The more plants the better.
"I also heard that frogs like duckweed on the surface of ponds"
Yes they do. I used frogbit as in pic but ANY floating plant will do, extra fish tank plants,etc
This is old and since that pic it was replaced with 125 gallon water trough with cichlids but as congested as it was with plants it was a magnet for toads, frogs during breeding season.
Daily garter snake and ringneck snake visits. More so than my much bigger but not as planted stock tanks.
There was nothing in the pond as far as fish and the sides were later planted with flowers (not shown in this set up).