Things are dry and desperate here.

Min3 South S.F. Bay CAJuly 26, 2014

(re-posted from reptile forum)
The creek below us has dried up and besides, I haven't heard any frogs down there in a few years - it used to be so noisy I had to close the doors to make a phone call.
I have 3 ponds in my yard and they have all been busy with little tree frogs every year including this one, but the smallest pond, about 5 feet round has turned into a bog with all the plants. I have no idea how deep it is any more but the frogs like it. I need to know the best time of year to thin out the plants without bothering the frogs. If it is better to just leave it as it is I will, because their situation is so desperate. Any advice is welcome! Min

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lmjk1221

I have no answer to your question - sorry! I would guess that, if the frogs have no alternative, they will return to your pond regardless of when you choose to thin plants. But that's just a guess.

I do feel for you all out there who are suffering for water - it's a bad situation.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:35AM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))

I assume the frogs would never want the plants disturbed. More plants = more cover and food. If you had to pick a time I suppose when food was most abundant.

However there is a harshness to nature. I wouldn't personally be overly differential to the frogs and would divide the plants or do whatever when I needed to. Trying to do too much for any species seems to always have the opposite effect long term.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:52AM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

Thank you lisak, waterbug guy and also FHFchrish (whose reply didn't show up here for some reason). I appreciate your thoughtful input. Guess I will just thin out the water plants a little at a time over the summer. We won't any get rain until about October and we all hope it goes on until our reservoirs are full again. Stay cool! Min

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:25PM
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