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The Feng Shui of Trees --Planting Good Luck Trees are important life source and vital members

of our outdoor community. Often called "the lungs of the Earth," trees take the carbon dioxide that we breathe out and return it to us as oxygen. They also prevent groundwater run-off and soil erosion. It is obvious that trees are a crucial part of our living Earth and treasured members of our landscape family. Besides being beautiful, they provide us with shade, beauty, and a wonderful place to climb or swing from. Fruit and nut trees give us good things to eat. On a less tangible level, trees also exert a powerful influence on the feng shui of our homes. For this reason, it is important to look at the trees surrounding your home. What else do trees have to offer us? Let's take a look at the feng shui of trees. 1. Trees give excellent support. Planted at the rear of a house, trees provide important "Mountain support" at the rear of a property. Ideally, all homes and businesses are situated on a lot with a rise at the rear of the property. If this rise is missing, or if the landscape is flat, or if there is nothing taller or larger than your house or building, vital support can be missing, making you have to struggle in key areas of your life. This rear support is a critical element in feng shui. Planting a row of five trees across the back of the property can simulate the missing support. 2. Plant bamboo for the best luck of all. Bamboo is considered a tree although its habit is more like that of a hedge. At the back of a property, bamboo gives solid support. At the left or east side of the property, it gives excellent dragon energy - considered the best energy of all. At the front of the property, bamboo gives very auspicious energy for wealth and opportunity. The front is considered its most auspicious planting location. So, consider potting bamboo to put in the front of your home! 3. Flowering trees bring reward. Orange trees are believed to bring wealth and are especially beneficial when planted in the SE corner of the garden. Lime trees are also helpful and bring wealth, particularly to SE facing homes. Lime and oranges planted at the front of the house bring great opportunities in the form of wealth and advancement. Apple trees are believed to promote good relationships in the home. Plant pomegranates to stimulate love - even pregnancy. Planted in the south, pomegranates and apples can also bring recognition luck. Plant peaches in the west for excellent and lasting children's luck and family happiness. 4. Plant trees to raise beneficial chi. If your home or business slopes down on the left side (as you look out of the house) or is low here, trees can be planted to raise the chi. This puts the auspicious "dragon" more in control, rather than the tiger (or right) side of the house (again, as you look out of the house toward the street). Be sure to have trees planted on both sides of the house to keep the household harmonious. Trees on the left control the husband's anger and trees on the right control the wife's anger. 5. Trees promote growth and good health. Planted on the east side of the house, trees can stimulate personal growth and good health. Select large hardwood varieties for this side of the house.

Harmonize Your Yard: 8 Ways to Add Feng Shui Outdoors Gardens are increasingly becoming a center of attention for homeowners – and more and more. hospital. Weeping willows and other weeping plants are generally not considered to be good feng shui. trees. Trees opposite the door can affect your life in "creating" what you want -. gardeners are looking for ways to create beautiful and harmonious landscapes. especially if someone in the home is ill or elderly. or east sectors of the garden. Plant pines for longevity. and water at the rear of a property is not beneficial. However. block opportunities and promote personal struggles with finances and career. they should not be planted in front of the house or there will be problems with career and constant stress and sadness. flowers. Dead or decaying trees can draw a tremendous amount of energy from a home. Keep trees away from earth corners. Remove dead trees.” offers homeowners a method for creating spaces that are both harmonious and balanced. Want to grow to be a ripe old age? Plant pine trees. and good feng shui relies on incorporating and balancing all of the elements. 7. They can also be planted to block poison arrows created by roads. 11. Earth corners include the SW. such as the southeast. NE. Be sure to remove any dead or dying trees. For instance. Trees must not touch the house. Make sure there are no limbs touching the house. Trees must not be planted in front of the door. Strenuously avoid having trees at the center of your lot or home (either in a container or in an inner courtyard) as this causes severe financial difficulties. plant them where their "fountain" effect is utilized. or cemetery directly across from your house. Use trees to block negative energy.including getting pregnant. plant a row of trees to block the energy. Feng shui. Any tree touching a house will give the house "yin" energy . Either remove the tree or if you can't cut the tree down. as they suggest water. 9. 10. then place a gazing ball or mirror that pushes the tree energy back. If there is a view of something that is unappealing. In the landscape.6. . Part of this trend is the desire to make our outdoor areas exude tranquility and peacefulness. They should also not be planted at the rear. and center locations. Plant weeping willows in the water sectors. this would include landscaping features and objects. such as timbers. north. A cornerstone in that movement is feng shui. Trees planted in the SW corner of the garden create relationship difficulties and trees in the NE create educational problems. I believe they can be planted as long as attention is paid to where they are planted. stone. unless these areas happen to be at the front or the rear of the property. 12. Trees that block a door. 8. or a church. there is a place for every element. In feng shui. often called the Chinese “art of placement. Instead.which is negative energy. These are considered to be especially auspicious when planted in the east corner of the yard.

Boulders are especially effective in the southwest. One of the central ideas of feng shui is making sure that good energy. Install a water feature to boost outdoor relaxation. begin by sketching the layout of your yard and be sure to note where your house. Add landscape lighting to trees or walkways. your landscape may be dull and lifeless. Remove frost-bitten and dead plants right away. southwest). east. add an attractive Zen garden made of raked gravel with some strategically placed boulders. and visual beauty to your yard. determine the subdirections (northeast. This is important to do even in winter when plants die back. 4. metal. If this is in your back yard. Fire or lighting is perfect in the south. northwest. all the better. south. determine the four corners of the yard by direction (north. Add Asian flavor by planting a clump of bamboo in the east sector of your garden or plot. it is important to include all the elements. Asian design relies on the use of all the elements in a landscape and on their proper placement. making you more comfortable and relaxed both indoors and out. Then. To get started. southwest. Using a compass. Lighting adds instant warmth and energy to any area. southeast. be sure to remove dead or dying plants. Give your garden some weight. with each having a specific place according to feng shui. and remove fallen branches. or southeast corners of your yard. and as much as possible. west). Next. rake up leaves. large trees or other landscape features are. east. and stone. To improve this. Water is best placed in the north. To incorporate feng shui into your landscape. and a water feature in the yard is a wonderful way to bring movement. By using feng shui this way in your landscape. Another popular design element in the garden nowadays is Asian design. Now you can plan – and place – your landscaping features and elements as they correspond to each direction. If it is in the front yard. Enhancing Your Landscape with Feng Shui 1. Or. wood. or install a lamp post. Nothing is as soothing as water. sound. . A wonderful place to add these is in the south sector of your garden. This ensures correct placement of the element. and northeast corners of the yard. and even compost bins. Even a small fountain can create instant relaxation in the backyard. Be sure to remove outdoor clutter first. Better still. 3. such as water. called “sheng chi”. 2. then add your “fire” element in the form of lighting. fountains create a calming effect and often drown out nuisance noises such as traffic or noisy pets. 5.windmills or windchimes.and this is what creates that serene and comfortable feeling. Fire up your landscape with a fireplace or barbecue area. west. Adding boulders is a wonderful addition to any garden or landscape and helps to “anchor” the landscape. Add a touch of Asia to your garden. can flow. fire. if you have a northeast or southwest area of your yard that needs attention. divide the sketch into nine equal squares. If you have dead trees or plants in the yard. This creates harmony and balance outdoors -. you can create an outdoor environment that is an extension of your indoor environment.

Windmills and windchimes are wonderful in the west. In the southwest. northeast. Bring movement to your yard or garden. they are believed to benefit career and relationships.and northeast. Planted in these locations. 8. or southwest. northwest. Put a touch of gold into your landscape. where they are thought to benefit children and careers. 6. Add sound to your outdoors. and north corners of the yard. where the metal energy is considered harmful to the tree. a collection of boulders with one boulder for each resident of the house is thought to create better relationships. Place a windmill or other spinning or twirling object to your yard to create movement and energy. Gold is also considered a very auspicious and wealth-attracting color. These are best when placed in the west. Select shrubs and plants with gold accents or flowers to plant near the center of the yard or in the north. respectively. Every yard needs some movement. . northwest. For good feng shui. and north corners of the yard. Windchimes or bells are perfect in the landscape because of their beautiful tinkling sound. be sure to hang them on a shepherd’s crook rather than from a tree. 7. Even outdoor flags flapping in the breeze create visual interest.