Quick guide to the ideal Zen garden

If you’re a follower of Feng Shui, you know that no home is complete without your own piece of heaven. And, in most cases, this is a Zen garden. Hence, for all those moving to Pittsburgh, we want to give you a quick guide to the ideal Zen garden. We’re going to tackle the topic of your garden’s size, positioning and the actual DIY crafting as well. We assure you that, as experienced movers in Pittsburgh, we’ve had a number of customers with the same dilemma. Hence, without further ado, let us get on to this DIY and help create the perfect peaceful place in your home.

Why is having a Zen garden a good idea?

In the recent years having a Zen garden, on your desk or in your backyard, has become a popular trend. But, what is a Zen garden for? And, why should you have one? There are many uses for a Zen garden, most connected to the inner peace of mind and meditation. The peaceful, tranquil simplicity of the design and ‘clean look’ make it a tool of inner balance. If you’re looking to learn more about the beliefs connected to the ideal Zen garden, we suggest reading more online about the history of Japanese rock gardens. But, for the purposes of this article, we want to focus more on the actual creation of the space, rather than the Ying Yang balance it provides.

What is a good size for the ideal Zen garden?

If you're making your own ideal Zen garden, choose a few stones that you like.
Choose stones that you like for your ideal Zen garden.

As a local moving company in Pittsburgh, we can tell you that we’ve seen Zen gardens of all shapes and sizes. Some homeowners prefer a small one on their desk or coffee table. While other people prefer to make their whole backyard into a meditation zone by adding this detail. Hence, there is no wrong size. Depending on what you want to do with your ideal Zen garden you can decide about the size. Here is our suggestion. If a Zen garden is a space for you to focus, clear your head, but not for other members of the family, opt for a smaller one. So, you will have your own inner peace. But, your family will still have a backyard for grilling barbecue. On the other hand, if your ideal Zen garden is a solution to the messy job of gardening, consider it as a fixture in the backyard. It doesn’t have to overtake the whole space, but it can be a nice corner of tranquility and cleanliness.

What does one need to make a peaceful space like this?

Depending on the size of your ideal Zen garden you will need different materials. The constant ingredients are sand, stones, and wooden fixtures. If you want, adding a statue of a natural material or some vegetation is also possible. However, remember not to overly clutter the space. So, let’s get into details regarding materials.

For a small Zen garden, you will need…

An ideal Zen garden for your desk will need...
If you’re making a small ideal Zen garden for your desk, here’s what you’ll need.

As we’ve mentioned, most homeowners who share their space with someone have a table garden. So, here is what you will need in order to create one as an inexpensive DIY. First, you will need to measure the space where you’re going to place your ideal Zen garden. When you have the measurements, get the frame done. So, you will need to buy or gather wood for the edges of the frame. Find the kind of lumber which is appealing to you. It’s essential that you enjoy each part of your garden. Then, you will need a thin piece of material for the bottom, which we suggest to be wooden as well. Glue, screw or nail it all together and wait for it to dry. We suggest adding a layer of the plastic cover over this construction as a weed retainer, as well. Your ideal Zen garden should be weed-free, after all. Then, it’s time to add the sand or gravel, along with your fixtures. Remember that they should be randomly spread out and partially submerged in the sand.

For an ideal Zen garden in your backyard, you will need…

Larger Zen gardens are usually harder to create and harder to maintain clean. So, prepare to put your back into the work before starting this project. You will need similar materials as in the case of a small garden. Start with creating an area where your gravel will be. Clean it of all weeds and make sure to add a clear border in wood or brick, in order to keep the ideal Zen garden clean. You will probably need to call a local quarry, rock shop or a landscaping business for the gravel. Take your time choosing the ideal materials for you, while also thinking about the ‘clean look’. Most homeowners make the mistake of buying completely white sand or gravel for their Zen garden, making them seem unclean after a while. One of the most important attributes of this kind of peaceful spot is the feeling of being clean, after all. Finally, add your stones and permanent fixtures. From there on, it’s on you to maintain the order inside the ideal Zen garden.

Your ideal Zen garden can be a part of your backyard.
A Zen garden can be a part of your backyard.

Finally, a few parting words on the topic of your ideal Zen garden

When you have your ideal Zen garden set up, stones and vegetation added, take a minute to look at it. Does it seem overcluttered? Is it peaceful for you to be here or look at it? If this isn’t the case, you may want to take another look at your choice of materials and their placement. Then, you can always change the placement of these fixtures. Remember that an ideal Zen garden is a space representing the universe in its barest form, the illusion that men make in everyday life, as well as anything you want it to be. So, keep it flowing and changing. By taking the sand or gravel, you can always have a new setup ready in a few moments. And, before you even know it, with a few shifts and changes you will soon find your ideal Zen garden setup.

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