Ways Feng Shui Make Your Yard into an Oasis

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthy energy into your home as well. twf012__01503.jpg

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not especially important when introducing feng shui design to it. A sizeable area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are identical whether you are working in your garden or your house. 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.

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

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

People thinking about including 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).

The Grace of Simple Garden Decor: The Garden Fountain

Since garden water fountains are no longer dependent on a nearby pond, it is possible to install them close to a wall. Nowadays, you can do away with digging, difficult installations and cleaning the pond. Plumbing is no longer a necessity since this feature in now self-contained.

Regularly adding water is the only requirement. Your pond and the surrounding area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to empty the water from the basin and replenish it with clean water.

Garden wall fountains come in many different materials, but they are normally made of stone and metal. You must know the look you are shooting for in order to decide on the best suited material. Garden wall fountains come in many forms and sizes, therefore ensure that the style you decide to purchase is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. In addition, be sure to buy a fountain which requires minimal maintenance. The re-circulating pump and hanging hardware are normally the only parts which need additional care in most installations, although there may be some cases in which the setup is a bit more complicated. You can relax knowing your garden can be easily juiced up by putting in this kind of fountain.

Outdoor Fountains: The Minoan Culture

Various types and designs of conduits have been unveiled through archaeological excavations on the isle of Crete, the birthplace of Minoan civilization. Along with supplying water, they distributed water that amassed from deluges or waste. Stone and clay were the elements of choice for these conduits. Whenever clay was used, it was normally for canals as well as conduits which came in rectangular or round forms. The cone-like and U-shaped terracotta piping which were uncovered have not been found in any other society. The water availability at Knossos Palace was handled with a system of terracotta pipes which was positioned under the floor, at depths starting from a few centimeters to a number of meters. The water pipes also had other uses such as amassing water and conveying it to a primary area for storing. This called for the clay pipes to be capable of holding water without seepage. Underground Water Transportation: This obscure method for water distribution could have been used to provide water to specific people or activities. Quality Water Transportation: Many historians consider that these pipelines were used to create a different distribution technique for the castle.

Green Fountains

Are you seeking to adorn your backyard?

Well, you can add that special touch and increase the price of your home just by adding a solar water fountain. They are the same as electric fountains in that they help with one's overall health but they also offer financial benefits. While your initial expenditure may be steeper, the long-term savings are worthwhile. Electrical power shortages will no longer impede using your fountain since it will run on the the power of sunlight.

Running water fountains will lead to an increase in your electric bill. Even though you might not instantly notice the short-term benefits, remember that your home will undoubtedly gain in value in the long-run.

Higher costs is not the only problem with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Solar powered water fountains are fueled directly from the sun thus making them the ideal “green” fountain. Using solar energy to run our homes as well as a water feature is important because it also safeguards our environment.

This sort of water fountain doesn't need as much maintenance as others.

These fountains require less maintenance than other kinds. Clogs don't occur because there is no motor - which means less cleaning.

Which ultimately means more time to chill out in your yard.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worth Visiting

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have stumbled upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medals bearing the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

Taking Care Of Outdoor Fountains

An important facet to consider is the size of the outdoor wall fountain in relation to the space in which you are going to install it. It is essential that the wall where you are going to hang it is sturdy enough to support its load. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a light fountain is going to be more suitable. In order to run the fountain, an electric powered plug will need to be close by. Since there are many types of outdoor wall fountains, installation procedures vary, but the majority include user-friendly instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the needed information to install it correctly.

A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are included in the kit. Depending on its size, the basin can typically be hidden quite easily amongst the plants. Other than the regular cleaning, little upkeep is required once your outdoor wall fountain is fitted.

Replace the water frequently so it is always clean. Remember to remove debris like leaves, twigs or dirt as fast as possible. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be subjected to freezing winter weather. If kept outdoors, your pump could break as a result of icy water, so bring it inside during the winter. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with the right servicing and care.


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