I love frogs

I love frogs and frog statues & they fit in perfectly by our Koi & Goldfish pond.

Through the years I have collected a few different frog statues & one time I even duplicated one I already had. I have had to repaint some of them a few times but they seem to weather pretty well outside.

I found this one last week and fell in love with it because its really big and the mama frogs standing up with the baby frog on her back. It was just way too cute. To top it off I got it for half price.

I really wish there had been a few others like a series of them but there wasn’t.

Always check the clearance you never know what you might find that you really did not know you needed until you saw it.

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Snake update

After finding the water snakes in the pond eating the fish I had purchased for the pond I knew we had to do something.

We cut down some bushes ( purple showers) that were near the pond all the way to the ground.

I read to plant the different mints in the area because snakes do not like it so that is what will be planted there from now on.

We closed in underneath the back porch to keep anything from getting underneath it.

We put lime all around the pond and when it rains we reapply it.

I had used the melafix fish medication in the pond when I saw them in there because it had tea tree oil in it and they hate it. It worked because both times they tried to get out as fast as they could.

I have since bought some “Tea Tree Oil Extract” which is much cheaper than the fish medication and mixed it up in a spray bottle with water. I spray around the pond, deck and back porch with this mixture and even though it smells strong it’s really not a bad smell.

The fish seem so happy they are no longer being stalked and I happy my pet fish are not on the buffet for the snakes.

The one snake I did see showed up after I was watering a large fern in a pot I think it was in the fern and when I started watering it ran out. I have no idea what kind it was.

I had read in several places that the tea tree oil was a snake deterrent after my recent run-ins with snakes I can say it is working. I highly recommend it to anyone having snake issues.

There are many uses for the tea tree oil extract. It is used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and for stinky shoes. The uses for it go on and on.

 

Snakes

I am not a fan of snakes no matter what kind they are.

Last weekend while looking out the den window I noticed a black snake entering the pond by the waterfall it was about 3 foot long. He was barely in there 5 seconds before he had nabbed one of the smaller koi.

I ran out the backdoor grabbed the water hose to spray him hoping he would drop the fish that did not happen. I knocked on the window to get my husband’s attention and he came out there I pointed out the snake and told him since it was killing the fish I wanted it dead.

When you have a koi pond with a bog, waterfall, landscape rocks and plants there are a lot of places for snakes to hide while you’re trying to kill them. Finally, after a 20-minute struggle the snake was dead and then he spits out the fish still in tack but it was too late for the fish.

It was a yellow-bellied water snake their favorite meal is fish I guess he thought our pond was a buffet.

The next morning I counted fish knowing we had 11 total 4 koi that were a few months old and 7 goldfish one as big survivor from the last year disaster.

I was missing 2 of the new Koi and 3 goldfish this had been going on since I last counted the fish.

Today I am picking up some lime to put around the perimeter of the pond. It is supposed to burn the snake’s belly lets hope it works.

( Edited I had put sulfur instead of lime lol).