Tips for the YARD

Do

  • Do use arches, semicircles, and circles in blue or black metal for your North West gate.
  • Use square gates in the North East of your garden or yard, since the square shape represents earth.
  • Do put a pair of metal cranes with a water feature in the North area of your garden. The crane has long been associated with good fortune, wealth, wisdom, and longevity for the patriarch and matriarch of a family.
  • Do put statues of eagles or hawks outside and away from your house for protection. Good locations are the bottom of a driveway or on each side of a gate.
  • Do plant trees in a row or curving around your house, similar to arms embracing your home, to symbolize wealth and good luck.
  • Do decorate with plants and flowers of the spring season, such as plum, iris, magnolia, apricot, apple, and cherry.
  • Do keep your pets and their habitats in the rear of the house. Reserve the front of the house for people and positive chi to enter your home.
  • Do use metal, glass, mirrors, fountains, waterfalls, and ponds in the North area of your garden, which is associated with water and is enhanced by metal. This area also represents business, careers, creativity, personal growth, new ideas, inspiration, music, art, and intuition.
  • Do use fountains, waterfalls,ponds,wooden furniture or steps, decks,trellises, and arbors in the E and SE areas of your garden, which are associated with wood and enhanced by water. THe E represents family,health, peace,and growth; the SE represents prosperity, abundance, communication,and perseverance
  • Do put your barbecue in the S area of your garden, which is associated with fire and enhanced by wood. The S represents fame,fortune,festivity,opportunity,dreams, and reputation.
  • Do put a phoenix or a pheasant, symbols of beauty, in the South area to attract fame and fortune. One carved in wood is doubly powerful because the wood element nourishes the fire element of South.
  • Do plant versions of the "money tree," such as gingko, poplar, and prosperity bamboo, in the Sounth East or East section of your yard to activate your wealth.
  • Do put a compost pile, children's garden, or playground with metal equipment in the West area of your garden. This area represents children, children's fame, creativity, harvest, and socilaizing. It's a good site for sunbathing, convalescing, and entertaining.
  • Do achieve a balance of yin and yang, light and dark, and soft and hard through the various materials in your garden. Your garden should have private and public areas, as well as active and meditative ones.
  • Do decorate with fragrant seasonal foliage, especially pine which stimulates good health, harmony, and family life.
  • Do plant two small trees to flank you entrance and act as guardians to your home.
  • Do use a gate with rectangles or squares in its design in the earth directions of North-East or South-West.
  • Do hang a pagoda wind chime outside in the North West. Its presence will suppress the calamity and illness broughout on by the Five Yellows.
  • Do add pyramidal and pointed shapes to the South part of your garden to represent its element of fire.
  • Do keep trees in the North West area of your garden or yard. This maintains protection of your family.
  • Do prune and thin out the thick foliage of your home's trees, so that the sun and its yang energy can permeate your garden and your life.
  • Do place a vase of prosperity bamboo by your front door, if it is in the North West.
  • Do keep a garden that has a good balance of sun and shade, yang and yin energies.
  • Do use a gate with rectangles or squares in its design in the Earth directions of the North-East or South-West.
  • Do place boulders large enough to stick out of the water in your pond to create a balance between hard and soft.
  • Do include many pine trees in your landscape and garden. The Chinese believe that they promote long life and good health.
  • Do stimulate good health and money luck by putting a prosperity bamboo plant, growing in water, in the East of your dining or living room.
  • Do use a color wheel to harmonize your garden's plants and blooms so that they complement each other
  • Gazebos and cupolas with pointed roofs represent fire and should be located in the S,SW,or NE
  • In your garden and in your life, sow the seeds of love, kindness, compassion, understanding, and integrity, and that is what you will harvest.
  • Do put a pair of chinese fu dogs(facing out)flanking your front enterance
  • Do create a cozy, romantic spot for two in to SW area of your garden, add heart shapes, stones, a marble statue, or other accessories in pairs.
  • Do endeavor to transform your garden into a place of healing, solitude, and peace as well as one for family activities and socializing. It's the balance of yin and yang, just as in life
  • Do add red, pink, orange, or purple flowering plants and flowers to your landscaping in the S.
  • Do send good wishes for every member of your family by writing their names on ribbons and tying the to the branches of a tree so that they may flutter in the breeze of the universe.
  • Do plant trees in a row or curving around your house, similar to arms embracing your home, to symbolize wealth and good luck.
  • Do generate lots of oxygen in the air with the presence of pine trees
  • Do prune leaves of trees and shrubbery so that they do not touch the walls of a house, drawing energy away from it.
  • Do retain hills and trees anywhere in the Northwest zone of your lot which supports the male head of the household.
  • Do use a color wheel to harmonize your gardenís plants and blooms so they compliment each other.
  • do add fire elements such as lights, fire pits, barbecues and tiki torches to add extra punch to the SW (relationship) area of your property, garden, or yard.
  • Do put a compost pile, children's garden, or playground with metal equipment in the W area of your garden. this area represents children, children's fame, creativity, harvest, and socializing. It's a good site for sunbathing, convalescing, and enteraining.
  • Do plant version of the "money tree," such as gingko, poplar, and prosperity bamboo, in the SE or E section of your yard to activate your wealth.

Don't

  • Donít cut any trees in the NorthWest area of your property, as they represent the support and protection of the father.
  • Don't cut any trees in the North West area of your property, as they represent the support and protection of the father.
  • Don't use stones, boulders, clay, brick, ceramics, tile, marble, geodes, or anything else that comes from the earth in the North area of your garden
  • Don't use stones, boulders, clay, geodes, or anything else that comes from the earth in the North area of your garden.
  • Don't place water features such as a fountain,waterfall,or pond,in your front yard unless they face Nourth, which represents the element of water.
  • Don't use metal, glass, gold, or mirrors in the E or SE area of your garden.
  • Don't ignore repairs that need to be made in the garden. Irregular paving, cracks, squeaking gates, a mouse hole in the root cellar-all of these symbolize difficulties and instability.
  • Don't keep pictures of peonies in your home after all the single women have married.
  • Don't cut any trees or remove any hills or mounds in the NW area of your property, as they represent the support and protection of the father.
  • Don't place spiky or thorny plants close to your front entrance or flanking the path leading up to your property, some distance away from your house, to create a natural barrier to intruders.
  • Don't let the leaves of trees touch your house. The leaves represent the bones of the occupants of a house and will draw chi away from it.
  • Don't put wooden items, such as benches, lattices, or gates in the Soouth West portion of your garden. Wood destroys the benefits of the South West: relationship, marriage, love, motherhood.
  • Don't locate your metal tool shed in the South-East (wood, wealth) area of your garden.
  • Don't put a water element, such as a pond or fountain, in the South part of your yard. The water exinguishes the beneficial properties of fire:long life,fortune,joy and opportunity
  • Don't dig, construct, demolish or plant in the South East until after the 22nd. T o do so is to court grave illness, major accidents or unexpected bad luck.
  • Don't cut down old trees, which are considered sacred and posess strong energy. However, if a tree id diseased or damaged by lightning, then you may have to remove the dead branches or the entire tree. This is particularly critical if you have sick or elderly family members living in your home.
  • Don't allow the corner of a swimming pool with straight sides to point directly toward your house, especially toward a bedroom. the corner creates neagtive sha energy.
  • Don't choose a home that has drainage canal or ditch behind it. This will transport away your financial security. If you already have a ditch behind you block the view with a wall, thick hedge or row of trees.
  • Don't ignore repairs that need to be made in the garden. Irregular paving, cracks, squeaking gates, a mouse hole in the root cellar- all of these things symbolize difficulties and instability.
  • Donít let the trunk of a tree, a lamppost, or the like obstruct your view of the world from your home. To deflect an obstruction, hang a small, round mirror above your door or under an eave.
  • Don't use stones, boulders, clay, brick, ceramics, tile, marbles, geodes, or anything else that comes from the earth in the N area of your garden.
  • Don't forget the most basic law of gardening and life: You reap what you sow.
  • Don't let the leaves of trees touch your house. The leaves representthe bones of the occupants of a house and will draw chi away from it.

In General

  • Don't dig, construct, demolish, or plant in the South-East until after the Lunar New Year on the 22nd. To do so is to court grave illness, major accidents, or unexpected bad luck.
  • The spring equinox occurs around March 21st and is marked in China by plowing fields and sowing seeds. Do start a few plants or flowers in pots on this day to celebrate the beginning of spring.
  • Trim back or remove any branches, thorns, and pointed leaves on the bushes, trees, and hedges that portrude into the approach to your home.
  • Do match the color of your chrysanthemums to the area in which you place them. For example, place purple flowers in the South-East for wealth and prosperity.
  • Chrysanthemums symbolize longevity, dependability, and the desire for a long duration of anything wonderful, such as a marriage or career.
  • Group chrysanthemums with nine quails to symbolize harmony and peace for the next nine generations of a family.
  • This month's gardening and yard work is best done from today until the 20th. This is the time when the Three Afflictions are at their weakest. Do move your six-rod wind chime between your labors and your house.
  • A garden pond should have sun shining on its surface.
  • Chinese gardens are designed to represent a microcosm of the universe, the balance of yin and yang, and change. Do make your creation feng shui-compliant!
  • This month's gardening and yard work is best done from today until the 20th. Do hang a six rod wind chime between your labours and your house. When you garden, you stir up Earth energy, which activates the Three Afflictions, especially if your project is in the center. The metal in the chimes weakens the Five Yellows, the most serious of the three, which is associated with illness, calamities, and disasters.
  • The most serious of the Three Afflictions, the Five Yellows, is in the North West this lunar year. Do not excavate, construct, dig, or disturb in this direction of at all possible.
  • Now that spring is coming, it's time to start thinking about your spring planting. This month's gardening and yard work is best done from today until the 20th. Remember to move your six-rod wind chime between your labours and your house.
  • This month's gardening and yard work is best done from today until the 20th. Do move your six-rod wind chime between your labours and your house. Match your plants and flowers to the governing colours of each compass direction.
  • This month's gardening and yard work can be done from today until the 20th.Put blues and greens in the North-East, North, South-East, and East areas of your garden.
  • A garden pond should have sun shining on its surface.
  • This month's gardening and yard work can be done from today until the 20th. Plants with warm colours such as red, purple, and yellow can go in the South or South-West. Remember to move your six-rod wind chime between your labours and your house.
  • The Three Killings is located in the East until January 28, 2006. Just a reminder-- if you are gardening, don't dig in this part of your yard.
  • This month's gardening and yard work can be done until the 22nd. Earth materials such as stone, terra cotta, clay, and tiles are perfect in the North-East, South-West, West, or North-West areas of your garden. Don't forget to move your six-rod wind chime between your labours and your house.
  • If you simply must remove a healthy tree, plant three others to replace its spirit.
  • This month's gardening and yard work can be done from today until the 22nd. It's a good time to start thinking about new garden projects:a new deck, fence, or shed. Metal goes in the W and NW, and wood belongs in the E,SE, and S. Don't forget to move your six-rod wind chime between your labors and your house.
  • This month gardening and yard work can be done until the 22nd. Create a romantic niche in the SW of your property. Do move your six-rod wind chime between your labors and your house.