Integrate the Power of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

When introducing feng shui design into your yard, even a very small area works. su1864_2__47115.jpg Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water feature is a great addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Garden Fountains: Setup Tips

When planning where to install your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The practical side of setting one up is often neglected because people get so focused on the beauty of it.

Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the nearest 120v outlet. Install your fountain in a place close to a water source as you will need to fill it. Carrying water is difficult and laborious. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much simpler. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a specialist to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

The Origins Of Fountains

The amazing or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the designer. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational gatherings.

Typical Fountains Seen in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is complete without a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The water moves through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

For something a bit more unique, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it imaginatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. In time, as moss slowly covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are different alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to give the illusion of moving water.

Dogs, Cats and Water Features

Think about how your pet may respond to a water feature before you get one. Pets such as dogs could mistake your freestanding fountain with a big pool to cool down in or a pond from which to drink. Adding a water element to your yard is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. You may need to think about where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. Putting a birdbath in your backyard is the perfect answer if you want to attract birds. The indoor use of wall water fountains is entirely possible if wish to prevent these problems. It is common to see these kinds of fountains in dental or medical offices as well as in glamorous homes.

Garden Water Features: The Many Styles From Which to Pick

A garden can be a little oasis, providing you a peaceful place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. Even though there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your real estate will be driven up when you put in an eye-catching garden. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a lovely water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

A significant enhancement to your garden can be achieved by putting in a water fountain. A place of balance and serenity will appear from what was originally just a simple spot. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. Your fountain will quickly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.


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