Don’t think of toads as bumpy, ugly creatures, but as friendly neighbours.
Toads are one of the most beneficial creatures to reside to your garden. Each season they can consume garden pests and insects up to 3 times their own weight. Toads love a feast of cutworms, ants, June bugs, Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, and slugs.
I have two toad abodes for the garden, one made from a broken clay pot and another from a plastic pot and some stones.
During this past winter I’ve renovated/repaired numerous bits of garden whimsy and the clay pot toad house was one of them. The little flowers were long gone, the paint was chipped and faded and a few more cracks were noticeable.
First it had a new coat of paint, well a couple of coats to make it look fresh.
Then I added vines to the house. I now use permanent markers on some of my painted rocks and creations as I find you can get more fine detail and it dries a lot quicker than paint. Just beware as even though some markers say they are permanent they will bleed when a coat of sealer is added. The red ones are particular culprits.
After everything was dry I added a coat of glossy Mod Podge. Years ago when I started making garden whimsy I didn’t use and finish on them, so perhaps that aided in the general wear and tear and fading.
Now my toad abode is ready to go back into the garden and I’m looking forward to finding a good location to set it in hopes of the toads finding it. A moist, shady area in your garden is a great spot to place the toad home. The ‘door’ of the toad house should face south. Don’t ask me why, I just discovered this while doing some research on toads. If you put some mulch around your shelter it provides moisture and food for toads.
I really don’t thing these toad abodes attract toads, but they make cute garden whimsy.
Other winter renovation projects: