What Are the Sounds of Spring?
Are the birds chirping in the early morning, wind chimes blowing in the breeze, the laughter of children on an Easter egg hunt among the tulips and blooming forsythias, or a gentle rain falling from a spring sky as you glimpse the first rainbow of the season?
All of the above evoke treasured memories of springtime. Whatever your preference, sounds of water have a common effect on all of us that evoke thoughts of relaxation and serenity. Water sounds – a bubbling creek, a gentle waterfall, rain drops dripping off a water spout - are some of the sounds that help us get to that place of peace.
The feng shui philosophy has found common ground in modern times, helping us capture the best in maximizing our surroundings for the most emotional benefit. Water is symbolized in feng shui as energy and a symbol of prosperity. While the use of water in this philosophy is to disperse healthy activity throughout its surroundings, you can utilize this process to encircle your outdoor space in sounds of serenity.
Fountains and waterfalls are fast becoming a staple in American backyards. With so many options, it is important to match your options with your motives. Feng shui standards suggest creating a haven for birds, pets, friends and family. No matter the space available to you, Vanderbilt style castles or cozy cottages, you can easily create a place of harmony with water features.
The idea behind water features in the feng shui philosophy is to balance the forces of nature and create healthy energy for all living creatures. Outdoor water features do take a little more maintenance than indoor fountains, due to the elements, so it is important to follow a few simple steps to keep the water and air sparkling clean.
• Completely replace the water once every month while maintaining the water at its peak level, especially during hotter days
• Keep the pump protected, including water levels and cleared out screens to avoid debris.
• Winterize if your climate requires it. Even if your winters are mild, be aware of even mild frosts and remove or properly cover the pump to avoid cracks and motor failure as the forecast dictates.
The subtle sound of soft water flowing over river rocks is for any backyard, no matter the size. Add a freestanding fountain to a patio sitting area or bring the tranquility of a waterfall that slides carelessly into your pool. Interlocking pavers are ideal for integrating custom water feature designs into your outdoor living spaces and not only bring an old world feel to your yard, but they also enhance the soothing sounds that only nature can provide.