I thought I’d side with the salamanders in this one and give a few tips on how to attract them and provide a home for them in your garden:
- Provide damp, moist places to hide and live, such as piles of moist fall leaves, decomposing logs or piles of old vegetation. Even in a very neat garden, decomposing logs can provide interest if tucked around plantings in a pretty way, and leaves can be left towards the back of the garden.
- Artfully place a few piles of loose, rounded stones around the garden where a salamander might hide.
- Water sources and elements that form puddles can be beautiful and helpful to wildlife. Could you integrate a few shallow stones with divets or places for puddles through your garden?
- Provide some shade for salamanders by planting for full ground coverage so they have places to scuttle, and add a couple of larger shrubs or trees to cast shade. Salamanders do not like to bake in the sun.