The Best Way to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthful energy into your home as well. wwdvs_cp_1000__43852.jpg

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. A sizeable area is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your house's bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first.

Before getting going, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Consider incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

The Prevalence of Fountains in Japanese Backyards

Japanese gardens usually have a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most important component of any Japanese fountain, the design is generally simple.

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very prevalent. Under the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been outside for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a wandering brook.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The semblance of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Clean

Proper care and regular upkeep are important to the longevity of water fountains. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into open-air fountains, so keeping it clean is vital. On top of that, algae can be a challenge, because sun hitting the water allows it to form quickly. To prevent this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add right into the water. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

No more than three-four months should go by without an extensive cleaning of a fountain. To start with you must drain the water. Then use a soft cloth and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. If there are any small grooves, use a toothbrush to get every spot. Make sure all the soap is totally cleaned off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and washing the inside carefully.

Letting it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours first will make it much easier to clean. If you want to minimize build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water versus tap water, as these don’t contain any elements that might stick to the inside of the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain daily and add water if you see that the level is low. Low water levels can ruin the pump - and you do not want that!

Guidelines for Putting in an Outdoor Fountain

A lot of people forget about the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when considering where to position their garden fountain. People sometimes forget the technical information because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor electrical outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. Position your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to replenish it. Water is difficult to move manually from place to place. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much simpler. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to consider getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much easier in the long run.

How Much Do Pets Enjoy Fountains

Be certain to take your pet into consideration when you are thinking of installing a water feature. A pet dog or cat may think that a stand-alone fountain is a large pool or a drinking pond. Your cherished pets will probably take well to a fountain feature in your yard. You should take into account the fact that birds might think they have found a new place to bathe when they notice your fountain so think well where you put it. Putting a birdbath in your backyard is the optimal answer if you want to attract birds. To prevent this, however, putting in a wall water fountain inside your house is a great option. It is common to see these types of fountains in dental or medical offices as well as in lavish homes.

The First Contemporary Outdoor Wall Fountains

Countless of ancient Greek documents were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He also initiated the beautification of the city to turn it into the true seat of the Christian world. Beginning in 1453, he called for the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a wrecked Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up imposing public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The fascinating background of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, rebuilt aqueduct.


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