Feng Shui Training Tips for Your Yard

May 8, 2017

Good landscaping can make up for an unlucky direction or unfortunate location. We teach these principles in Feng Shui training so you can use what you have and make the best of it. Relocation is not always possible, but you can change your surroundings to a more peaceful and productive atmosphere. Here are six tips for a Feng Shui yard:

  • Create natural barriers: Your Feng Shui garden needs to be an oasis away from the outside world. Like your home, it requires protection from negative energy. Natural barriers in the form of small trees against fences, bamboo or well-managed vegetation is a part of that. In ancient China, people lived in valleys, so the mountains provided a barrier. Since that is not always possible, you can create your own barrier with vegetation, a wood fence or even an isolated area with stone patio pavers.
  • Embrace the rocks: A Feng Shui landscape includes three elements: water, rocks and plants. Rocks are often overlooked, especially by those who love to garden. Rocks are reassuring elements. Large river rocks, stone walls and rock gardens figure prominently because they represent comfort and security. Rock gardens especially are low maintenance, so you can enjoy the beauty and peace without worrying about another section of yard to pull weeds from. Do not use rocks for barriers, since they often reflect negative energy back into your yard and house.
  • Plant away from doors: All doors need space for energy to flow freely within your home. Keep large trees away from doors, and do not plant invasive bushes. If you want to plant near doors, use small plants and maintain space.
  • Install water features: Your options for water features are endless. People may install fountains, goldfish ponds or swimming pools because they enjoy them, and water brings money into your home. While the general principle is “mountain is behind and water is in front,” many people find that water features in the backyard work well with both modern expectations and Feng Shui principles.
  • Make good plant choices: The color and aroma added to your garden affect its energy. You need to choose flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees according to the Bagua color theory. This creates balance in your yard so you have a place of energy flow and positive influences, rather than chaos and negativity. If your garden includes a lawn and you need to break up the green, add white flowers for light and better balance.
  • Keep it proportional: Everything you add to your garden should create balance. Very tall trees that are too close to your house destroy harmony. However, everything being the same height or type is too rigid. Choose trees and shrubs with different growth rates so there is a slight difference. This makes your yard more pleasing. If you have tall trees on the other side of your yard, balance them out with a water feature or with flowers at the base.

If you would like to start or learn more about Feng Shui training for your landscape or home, contact Feng Shui Designs, Inc. Request a brochure or call us today!

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