Add the Power of Feng Shui into Your Garden

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will introduce its healthy energy into your home as well.

Do not worry if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. wwdvs_bl_a_co_1000__17394.jpg It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always introduce feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be utilized for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to utilize each of them to maximize the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

A water element is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Keep Your Wall Water Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform properly. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is vital to keep yours free from such debris. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun comes in contact with still water, algae can appear. To stay clear of this, there are some common ingredients that can be poured into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. There are those who prefer to use bleach, but that is harmful to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough cleaning every three-four months. Prior to cleaning, all of the water must be removed. Then use gentle and a soft sponge to clean inside the reservoir. If there is delicate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

It is highly advised taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and eliminate any plankton or calcium. To make it less difficult, soak it in vinegar for a while before cleaning. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is consistently full in order to keep your fountain running smoothly. Low water levels can ruin the pump - and you don't want that!

Pondless Water Elements: A Few of the Plusses of Having one in your Backyard

There are two labels for this type of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. You are not able to see where the water comes from, as it is underground. Disappearing fountains should be installed near any place people hang out often, as they add so much to the surrounding area.

They are available in a wide array of designs, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

A disappearing fountain could be the most suitable choice for you for a number of reasons. The water comes from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is minimized. That said, you will not have to worry about the security of your children. Moreover, you will not need to worry about losing water to evaporation since it is kept underground. This type of fountain, therefore, is a good option for areas where there is a need to conserve water. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Finally, you can put one just about anywhere since it takes up so little room.

Introducing Contained Backyard Water Elements

Self-contained fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. All of the pieces are included with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Fountains that have their own water resource are also referred to as “self-contained”.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a veranda or deck, a self-contained model is definitely recommended.

Since they are easily moveable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. Any holes and bumps can quickly be evened out by your landscaper. The time has come to put your water feature in place and fill it with water. The final step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have easy access to a wellspring or external plumbing should consider a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a favorite place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be positioned anywhere. A range of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Commonplace Water Features Found in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is whole without a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be designed to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature.

Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss gradually covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

If you are blessed enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Popular water feature additions are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a meandering brook.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of running water.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Expertise: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Feature

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have stumbled upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and deserted part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a fountain for the area. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.


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