They said, “if you build it, they will come”…
YEP! Just two weeks later… and I already have a frog!
Why did I want to build a frog pond?
This video will explain better than I can:
First I removed the grass and weeds. Then I dug out the deepest section in the center.
The next section is a bit higher, and I continued going around the pond so that the ledges gradually became more and more shallow as I got to the top edges, which are only a few inches deep. Frogs and toads need different levels so they can easily climb up and out of the pond. But they also need a deep section where they can hibernate.
The final size of the pond is 7′ x 7.5′.
The deepest section was about two feet deep.
Here’s the completed pond after I finished excavation. Then I placed a board across the top and made sure it was level all the way around so water wouldn’t leak out.
I took my shoes off and climbed in to spread out the underlay, which will protect the pond liner from tree roots and rocks.
This is the pond underlay I that I bought:
Then I put the liner in and started filling it with water.
This is the liner I bought:
It has a textured surface to help promote the growth of healthy bacteria.
I tossed small pebbles into the pond, which help promote more bacterial growth, give frogs and birds traction and make it look more natural. After turning the edges of the liner under, I spread more pebbles and the large rocks and tree roots around the outside edge, that I had removed during excavation. I made a pile of sticks and logs at the edge to provide shelter. Then I put my solar powered fountain in the water.
The pond gets about four hours of sun a day, which is perfect… enough to promote algea and bacterial growth but not too much, so they don’t overgrow. The fountain only runs when sun hits it directly, so that should help oxegenate the water, so it won’t become stagnant and stinky.
I dropped in a couple BTI mosquito dunks to kill all mosquito larvae; I just need to replace them once a month. They are completely natural and organic. They are safe for all birds and animals. They only kill mosquito and fly larvae.
Two weeks later my daughter found our first frog! Isn’t he cute! I was so excited to see this photo she took! I believe this is a Southern Leopard Frog.
Here you can see the frog sitting to the left of my fishing froggy statue.
Last night I heard him singing quite loudly. I think he was calling out, looking for a girlfriend. After several minutes I noticed another frog with a slightly different song had joined him in the pond. Such a beautiful love song!
I ordered these native aquatic plants from ponddeals.com. They are beautiful!
The White Hardy Lily (Odorata) already had a couple of flower buds almost ready to bloom and the plant was huge! Lilypads are important for ponds because they shade the surface to keep algae growth under control. Frogs and other aquatic organisms use them for protective cover. The creamy white flowers are fragrant and attract bees and birds. The Le and flowers float on top of the water. It usually only flowers from early morning until noon.
I bought three bog plants whose roots are below water, helping to clean and filter the water. They are planted in pots filled with clay soil mixed with water to form a thick mud. The crowns of the plants need to be above the mud so that only the roots are buried.
Horsetail Rush (Equisetum hyemale) has evegreen segmented reeds that look similar to a horse’s tail.
Pickerel Rush (Pontederia cordata) has arrowhead-shaped leaves and tiny blue flowers summer through fall. Dragonflies and damselflies lay eggs on the stems near the water surface. Fish (not only pickerel) seek shelter in them, hence the name of Pickerel Rush.
Bog Bean’s (Menyanthes trifoliata) olive-green leaflets grow up and out of the water up to 6″ tall. In June and July they will bloom with spikes of pink and white flowers with fringed petals. It is a favorite of frogs because they hold onto it to hide from predators.
I placed five Hornwort/Coon’s Tail plants (Ceratophyllum demersum) in as well, anchoring them down with small pebbles. These stay completely submerged, helping to clean and oxygenate the water. They provide excellent cover for aquatic organisms; and food for fish, snails, turtles and waterfowl. Organizations add them to polluted waterways because they absorb arsenic, lead and other chemicals.
I bought a solar powered spotlight that lights up the pond at night. It shows people where it is so they won’t fall into it, and it attracts insects, which attract frogs and toads, which help me by eating tons of bad bugs in my garden. This is the light I bought:
I just went outside this morning and was super excited to see that one of the Water Lily blooms opened! It is so beautiful!