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How to create a Zen garden at home?

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Normally, when people think of gardens, the first things that come to their minds are flowers and grass. However, there is a garden that excludes these elements, we’re just talking about the popularly known as Zen garden. Originating in Japan, it uses sand, gravel and stones as basic materials and its main goal is to transmit a sensation of tranquility and meditation.

Creating a Zen garden does not have to be complicated or expensive, and with proper planning you can do it all by yourself. If you want something more professional, there are yard clean-up services that will not only advise you, but also help you to clean your garden and get even closer to that Zen idea.

How to create a Zen garden?

1. First of all you have to decide where you want to plant your garden

More important than size is the how peaceful the site is, and the time you spend looking after it. So, if you don't have a large space or you want to learn little by little, choose a little garden in any corner of your house, so you can feel the Zen experience in a tiny way. Then you can decide if you want the full experience by translating that into your full-sized garden.

2. Depending on the size of your garden, get the essential supplies from a garden supply store

  • White gravel (to represent the sea)
  • Sand (to represent the seashores)
  • Rocks (to represent the islands)
  • Plants (preferably oriental plants, such as bamboo, that can withstand seasonal changes)
  • Wood

3. Typical plants suitable for a Zen garden: Are Bamboo, rhododendron, yellow maple, cypress, cherry trees and magnolia. Other species, based on where you live, whether warm or cold region, are green acacia, fire tree, African fig, oleander and horse chestnut in warm regions, and in cold regions honeysuckle, ornamental vines and climbing hydrangea should be planted.

Organizational possibilities.

The elements of each garden are innumerable, as they reflect the tastes of the creator. However, we’re sharing some basic suggestions with you.

  1. For miniature gardens, arrange small stones on top of carefully placed gravel.
  1. For larger spaces, follow these steps

Find a tree or plant of the right size to frame the entire garden.
Place the gravel evenly. Raking with Zen Japanese tools is a good way to deal with stress.
Place a stone or a group of stones at the back of the stage to make it stand out.
Place plants behind the stones.

  1. Separate the garden from its surroundings with plants or a wooden fence so that it does not blend in with the everyday space.
  1. Remember to create an asymmetrical composition with an odd number of rocks and plants, as in nature.
  1. Create some kind of transition between the garden, the house and the surrounding landscape: large windows that give the impression of framing the garden, or stone paths that lead to the surrounding land and plants. A good scenic effect is important
  1. Remember that less is more. Flow and simplicity are important in these spaces, so be mindful to not overwhelm your garden.

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