How to Incorporate the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Yard

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Do not fret if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. A huge area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your residence. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to know your home’s bagua.

It is also essential to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. This could be the perfect place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about adding a water element 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).

The Reason for Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an essential part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. Since water is meant to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new.

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.

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

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

There are other alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Many people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. You can also collect flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Reasons to Give Thought To Installing a Pondless Fountain in your Garden

There are two labels for this type of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. The origin of the water is not visible since it is below the surface of the ground. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets steady foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. It is not hard to find the style that is right for you, as there are so many to pick from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

A disappearing fountain could be the best choice for you for many reasons. Since the water source is underground, there is no surface water to pose a threat to those around it. For this reason, it presents no risk to children. Moreover, no water will evaporate since it is not subjected to the open air. Consequently, your fountain will not use as much water as other types of fountains. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can get to it underground. Finally, you can have one just about anywhere given that it takes up so little room.

The Genesis Of Fountains

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

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water.

The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise 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.

Urban fountains made at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Beautifying city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

Do Pets Enjoy Garden Fountains?

House pets may be wary of a new water feature so make sure to take them into consideration before buying one. Pets such as dogs may confuse your freestanding fountain with a big pool to cool off in or a pond from which to drink. Your pets will not be negatively affected if you include a wall water element to your property.

You may need to consider where you will place the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. If you want to purposely attract birds, however, putting in a birdbath is an ideal solution. The indoor use of wall water fountains is completely possible if wish to avoid these problems. Dentists’ and doctors’ offices as well as manor homes are just a few of the areas where you can find these types of fountains.

Exterior Wall Fountains: The Numerous Styles on the Market

If you want to create a place to relax and add some flair to a small area such as a patio or courtyard, wall fountains are perfect because they do not take up much space. Traditional, antique, modern, or Asian are just a few of the designs you can choose from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. If you are looking for a unique design, a custom-made one can be specially made to fit your specifications.

There are two specific sorts of fountains you can buy: mounted and free-standing. Small, self-contained models can be hung on a wall are known as mounted wall fountains. Wall fountains made of resin ( similar to stone) or fiberglass are typically lightweight so they can be easily hung. In large free-standing fountains, otherwise referred to as wall fountains, the basin is located on the ground with the smooth side positioned against a wall. Water features such as these are usually made of cast stone and have no weight restrictions.

It is a good idea to integrate a customized fountain into a new or existing wall, something often recommended by landscape professionals. Hiring an expert mason is your best option to construct the basin and install the necessary plumbing.

The wall will have to have a spout or fountain mask incorporated into it. If you want a cohesive look for your garden, buy a customized wall fountain because it becomes part of the scenery rather than a later addition.


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