Enrich Your Garden with the Use of Feng Shui

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

Size is not the main concern when adding feng shui design to your yard. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is essential to determine your home’s first. kay-2103__46999.jpg

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

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

People thinking about incorporating a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Everything You Will Need to Have for a Garden Fountain

A water source and an electrical outlet are two crucial items that many people do not think about when determining where they want to setup their garden fountain. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to forget the technical aspects when setting it up for the first time. If you need an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as typical power cords are only 12 feet long. You will also need to have a water resource close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Water is challenging to move manually from place to place. If you have given thought to it before installation, having a hose close by will make the task of filling the fountain much simpler. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to look into getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much easier in the long run.

Tiered Water Features for your Backyard

Fountains with multiple levels can be found just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for ages. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have many multi-level fountains. While they can be found anywhere, they are most prevalent in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. All multi-level fountains are beautiful, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

People love to include them in areas having a more traditional look and feel. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there for a long time.

The Origins Of Garden Fountains

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash.

Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Acqua Vergine: The Answer to Rome's Water Troubles

Prior to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Rome, inhabitants who dwelled on hills had to journey even further down to get their water from natural sources. If residents living at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to depend on the other existing techniques of the day, cisterns that gathered rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from under ground.

From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. Pozzi, or manholes, were made at regular stretches along the aqueduct’s channel. The manholes made it less demanding to maintain the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to extract water from the aqueduct, as we observed with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he bought the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he passed away. Reportedly, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t sufficient to fulfill his needs. To provide himself with a more effective system to assemble water, he had one of the manholes opened, giving him access to the aqueduct below his residence.

Installation of a Water Fountain In Smaller Backyards

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a smaller spot appear larger than it is. Augmenting the reflective attributes of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. When the sun goes down, you can use submersed lights in a variety of colors and shapes to illuminate your new feature. The sun is indispensable to power eco-lights during the day time while underwater lights are great for night use. Alleviating stress and anxiety with their calming sounds are some of the applications in nature medicine.

The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Your pond, artificial river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention. Water features make great additions to both large gardens or small patios. The best way to perfect the ambience, position it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.


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