poolFeng Shui Your Backyard
Try something new this year that will create and promote a peaceful environment for you and your family.

As this year comes to a close many of us will begin to think of New Year’s resolutions and things to improve upon over the next twelve months. If you’re looking to create a more positive living environment for you and your family you might want to try Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese belief that “a system of laws govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy.” Here are a couple of tips on how to Feng Shui your backyard.

1.) The first thing you must do is protect your yard from negative environmental impacts. This can be done through natural barriers that can double for both privacy and protection for your backyard area. These natural barriers can reduce noise, winds, and air pollution.

2.) Your backyard should have a feeling of security and comfort. Large rocks, stone walls, and fences can be both used as attractive and functional barriers for your yard. Take a look at activeyards.com to find vinyl and aluminum fences that might help you meet these needs - activeyards.com/solutions/protection.

3.) A part of Feng Shui is the belief of the energy flow Qi. In order to achieve this you need to create open spaces. This will allow the free flow of life force to move across your yard.

4.) Make sure to have an open area around the front of the house to allow the Qi energy flow to bring positive changes. One way of doing this is by making sure you aren’t planting large trees close to the front door. The front of your home should be simple, open and welcoming to your guests.

5.) Water elements are an important part of Feng Shui because they attract Chi energy. Chi energy is believed to bring money and prosperity to the home and water also doubles as a sign of wealth. You can create water elements in your backyard through ponds, fountains, waterfalls, and swimming pools. If you choose to install a pool make sure you protect it by purchasing a fence to put around it - activeyards.com/solutions/swimmingpools.

6.) To achieve complete Feng Shui you must have three elements in your backyard: water, rocks, and plants.

7.) It is important that plants add both color and aroma to your backyard. If you plant flowers, grasses, shrubs, and tree in agreement with Bagua color there will be balance, beauty, and harmony is your backyard. Compliment this greenery with a decorative fence - activeyards.com/solutions/decorative.

8.) Through the laws of Feng Shui, large tree are believed to trap energy and prevent it from flowing into the house. Instead the energy is sent to the trees roots. Because of this large trees should not be planted close to the home.

9.) Lastly create a relaxing backyard atmosphere by adding patio furniture, and other accessories like wind chimes and small water features. Wind chimes and murmuring water can promote calmness, evoke pleasant memories and help us relax. And don’t forget to surround your backyard patio with privacy fencing from ActiveYards - activeyards.com/solutions/privacy.

Image: 5x6 Home Series Basalt in White

Sources: 

Yun, Lin. "11 Feng Shui Garden Design Tips, Backyard Landscaping Ideas." Lushome re-Design Kaleidoscope. Web.

"Feng Shui Definition." Google. Web.

 

Dress Your Fence Up For The Holiday Season.
Add some sparkle to your yard by including your fence in your outdoor decorations.

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It can be difficult to come up with new and creative ways to decorate your yard for the holiday season. One way of doing this is to incorporate your fence into your decorations. Here are a few ideas how on your can do just that!

  • Add Lights -Lights are a popular decoration for the holiday season and there is a chance you are probably adding them to your house and yard, so why not also add them to your fence? You can go simple and drape a few strands over each panel or get creative and create a more intricate design for your neighbors and family to enjoy. And your fence isn’t the only thing you can add lights to. Consider accenting your planters with lights by using several strands of colored bulbs instead of ribbons around your planters, or fill your planters with branches and then lay the lights on top of the soil to create a burning bush effect. Whatever you choose your house will be sure to sparkle at night.
  • Wreaths and Garland -  Adding a wreath and garland to your outdoor decorations will bring a classic holiday feel to your home, and just like adding lights you can add these to your fence as well. Draping garland onto your fence panels will accent the already existing garland on your home, and a wreath on your fence gate will greet guests and make them feel welcome right away. When hanging a wreath on your front door this holiday season consider hanging it lower than normal to let more light into your home during these darker months. Another idea to consider is playing with the accent colors your decorations. You can always go the traditional route of green, red, and silver, but if you’re feeling adventurous think about using pastel colors like white, sea green and butter yellow or an unusual color like orange. This will make your house stand out while still keeping with tradition. Make sure to add this accent color to all of your decorations so your home has a balanced and cohesive look.
  • Presents, Ice Skates and Candy Canes-If you want to have fun and create a holiday scene out of your fence, cover it in a way that looks like a giant present. You can also wrap your front door and mailbox in the same wrapping! Another idea is to repeat materials like candy canes, ice skates or sleds. You can add white ice skates to your wreath or hang them on your fence to add to your existing decorations. You can also try adding candy canes to your decorations for a pop of color. If you choose to do this one innovative idea is to purchase large candy canes and place them in your planters instead of your usual holiday plants. Compliment these candy cane planters by also hanging a few large candy canes on your fence as well.

However you choose to decorate your yard and fence this holiday season we know your yard will be beautiful. And if you don’t have a fence and are looking to add more curb appeal to your home a yard check out our website activeyards.com for more information on the latest vinyl and aluminum fences.

Image: 6x8 Haven Series Arrowwod Double Drive Gate in Cypress

Sources:

"Front Door Christmas Decorating Ideas." Better Homes and Gardens. Web.

"Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas." Better Homes and Gardens. Web.

"How to Decorate Your Fence for the holidays." 4029 TV. Web.

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