Ways to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your household.

Do not fret if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design. wwlhcr_bl_1__84011.jpg

Feng shui tools are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. The initial step is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. 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.

Anyone 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).

Tips for Installing an Outdoor

A lot of people forget the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when considering where to put their garden fountain. The delight of owning one occasionally causes people to forget the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. You will also need to have a water source close by so that you can effortlessly fill your water fountain. Transporting water is tough and laborious. A nearby garden hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. If you have an specialist 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.

The Origins Of Wall Fountains

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

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles.

The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

Ideas for Your Ideal Retreat Inside or Outdoors

The ideal feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you build a perfect tranquil spot. The best solution is to get a garden or home waterfall. They are the best addition to your home. The perfect location for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

Make sure to include some pretty flowers and plants, as they complement any water fountain. The best idea is to add some plants which stay pretty no matter what the season. In addition, consider adding other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or interesting stones.

The World’s Biggest Water Showpieces

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it normally only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Self-Contained Water Fountains: Are They Useful?

People like self-contained fountains for their easy installation and low cost. The plumbing, pump, and other components come along with the fountain. Fountains that feature their own water supply are also referred to as “self-contained”.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to set up making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. They are perfectly transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The place you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. Do not worry if the land is not even, your landscaper can always even it out. You are now prepared to install your water feature and fill it with water.

The only thing still to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

Since it is free-standing and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. The center of a garden is a typical place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. A variety of popular materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.


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