A Zen garden is an appropriate place for meditation around the home. It is preferably to be designed in the backyard, even though some people choose to set it in the front yard. A Zen garden is the place where you can enjoy serenity especially if the garden is of a more elaborate design.
Prem Rawat, the ambassador of peace who promotes global peace through messages and through the initiatives taken by his foundation, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF). Zen gardens do not have to look too elaborate; however, they should reflect harmony in their design and in their colors. Learn how to create a Zen garden by reading the following article.
Select the site and get ready
To start with, select the location of the garden. The backyard is more appropriate, because if you meditate there, it is certain that you will not be disturbed by the wandering eyes of passers-by or by the sound of passing vehicles. The area might be square or rectangular, of medium or small size, of 12 by 18 feet approximately, or a little bigger.
Design its layout on a paper with the envisioned landscape, plants and the desired color effects. It is also lovely to add a well of water or a pond in the corner. Make sure that the area is exposed to sunlight at some time of the day.
Clear the space
The next task consists of clearing the space from any unnecessary things, such as dried grass and weeds.This task may take a whole day especially if the garden is bigger. Use a shovel to remove the weeds if they are hard to pull out. Then, with a spade, dig and work on the surface which is designed for the plantation.
Extract the roots of resistant weeds, which may later ruin the plants in the Zen garden. Remove any stones or other objects from the soil. When the area is completely clear from weeds and stones and other unnecessary objects, the next step is to draw the design of the garden on the field.
Draw the garden outline
With a rope and a piece of wood, draw the garden design on the field. Pay close attention to stick to the model previously prepared on paper. For precision, use a rope to draw lines. Secure the rope from a point to another with metal or wood rods. Draw the lines with a piece of wood or with a spade to mark the borders of the garden.
Check the level of the surface area
Check for level of the surface area, in order to have a flat surface for the plantation area. This step is important, and failing to level off the area will result in the accumulation of much water in the lower level area, which is neither good to the sight, nor to the plant. You may use a steel rake to manage the surface evenly.
Work on the edging
Before putting on the edging of the garden, tamp down the soil along the line outside the edging. Then, run the edging with stones. Then, cover the surface within the edging with cobblestones. This could serve as a path when you walk in the garden.
Design the garden landscape
If you choose to design mountains or islands, dig holes for the rocks which will be used for that purpose. Be careful to damp the soil when you install the rock to secure it carefully. Arrange the rocks according to the model to make the garden natural.
Most part of the rocks, which represent mountains, should be buried to secure it. You may also dig a larger hole on the corner for a fish pond, if you wish, and also run the edge of the pond with stones.
The planting surface
After that, dig round or square holes for the plants which will be installed. Add some fertilizer and mix it well with the soil. Let it stand for a day. Cover the space between the plants with white gravel. With a hoe, spread it to distribute it evenly. Rake ripples or swirls in this surface to add more beauty to the Zen garden.
Then, install all the plants in their holes, making sure that they are installed according to the model.