Your Yard Can Improve with Feng Shui

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life. a-374__58322.jpg

Size is not the primary consideration when adding feng shui design to your garden. It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always incorporate feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by understanding the bagua of the house.

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

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. This could be the perfect place to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Anyone thinking about incorporating 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).

Exterior Fountains Come in Lots of Forms and Sizes

Convert your garden into what you have always wanted – an oasis of serenity. The soothing feeling created by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of installing a water feature in your garden.

The stream of water sent shooting into the air by a spouting fountain is an spectacular sight to see. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much hassle. You can find these in public parks or old mansions.

Outdoor water features are available in varied shapes and sizes, one of which is a chic wall fountain. These types of fountains make great water features even if you only have a small garden. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are rather understated water features. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, flows down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Dependent on the look you have chosen for the garden, you could consider a themed fountain. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your home or garden is rustic in style. Something unique and striking could be an alternative for more modern gardens.

Feel free to let your hair down and choose something interesting and intrepid.

Tiered fountains are alluring because the water moves down multiple levels. Cascading fountains is another term used to identify this type of fountain because water flows down multiple levels.

Due to the fact that outdoor fountains can take up a lot of room, put up a wall fountain or a pondless fountain if the space you have is minimal. Due to the fact that the reservoirs required for these kinds of fountains are hidden underground, you can make the most of the room at your disposal.

Japanese fountains are believed to lend a feeling of tranquility and wellness. In this model of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. The cycle of water falling into a rustic-styled bucket or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

An additional type of fountain is made of glass. Trellis-style fountains of this sort, showcase molded metalwork which provides a more conventional look. However, this type of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. As the water moves over the top of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it moves down the sheet of glass. With water softly flowing down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of fake rock, are a possible solution for your garden.

Bubbling rock fountains are big stones drilled with holes which are then filled with pipes in the middle. Low pressure is used to spout out the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. Water then streams as a gentle trickle down the sides of the rock to its base. This type of fountain is ideally suitable for little gardens. Water is moved at low pressure in this kind of fountain, so you can be assured knowing that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

The trend of installing solar powered fountains is becoming increasingly prevalent. The advantages of using this type of solar powered fountain is the lack of cables, lowered difficulty in installing them, the decrease in electricity bills, and the favorable effects they have on our ecosystem. The numerous designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains signifies you will not have to compromise on style.

Multi -Tiered Water Fountains

Fountains with multiple levels can be found just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for many years. These types of fountains are popular in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. Likely places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. Tiered fountains come in a wide array of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Traditional or classic surroundings are ideal places for them. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decor since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Build it and They Will Come: Water Features and Wildlife

Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. Birds need to have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers like the motion of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many birds prefer flowing water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more enticing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from a distance, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer refreshing water to drink. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for refreshing water during hot weather. Because water in fountains is consistently moving, they do not need much cleaning, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

Explore the World’s Tallest Fountains

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water here jets up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in second 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. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

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

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Intriguing Beginnings of the Wall Water Fountain

As the head of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to authorize translations of important invaluable texts from Greek to Latin. To further enhance his city's prestige, in the year 1453 he began to rebuild the Acqua Vergine, the ruined Roman aqueduct which previously delivered clean water to the city from 8 miles away. In addition, he re-started the Roman custom of marking the terminal point of an aqueduct with a "mostra", a commemorative water fountain with a distinct appearance. As impressive as the Trevi fountain is, you might find it fascinating to know that its origins were from a design for the first wall fountain, a simple water feature created by Leon Battista Alberti on a commission from Pope Nicholas V. Thus, the world's first known wall fountain arose from the Pope's ambition to make Rome Christianity's capital and restore the city's water supply.

The Countless Choices in Garden Wall Fountains

Putting a wall fountain in your backyard or patio is ideal when you want to unwind. Even a small space can contain a customized one. Both the stand alone and mounted types must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. You have many styles to a lot to choose from whether you are looking for a traditional, popular, classical, or Asian style.

Stand-alone wall fountains, otherwise known as floor fountains, are relatively big and feature a basin on the ground.

A stand-alone water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.


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