Donâ€™t ignore your yard and landscaping when you consider Feng Shui.
When the neighbors started complaining about lost children and disappearing pets, I started eyeing my huge pampas grass bush at the front beside the driveway suspiciously. O.k., I jest. But without the requisite yearly trim, the bush is huge, overgrown, choked with vines and weeds–and definitely dangerous. The young man who cuts my lawn regularly faced unprovoked slashes from the bushâ€™s knife-like blades, I mean leaves, as he gingerly mowed around the bush.
So we give the pampas bush a wide birth and head for the back yard, carefully leaping over huge pine branches dropped inches from my car. In the far left corner of the yard, we notice a dead tree tangled in a crowded patch of trees. And thereâ€™s the patch of poison ivy, growing into lawn status, untroubled by the lawnmowerâ€”too many rocksâ€”or weed killer (my approach to organic lawn care is to either mowâ€”or live and let live).
Around the house, is the generous swatch of â€ślawnâ€ť between the lawnmowerâ€™s reach and the house walls. Actually, this area is populated with weeds, healthy and vigorous, despite a drought that felled lesser floraâ€”my much coddled flowers and new bushes.
So, now youâ€™re thinking, just avert your eyes, ignore the yard, and sprint for the doorâ€”you can always deal with it next spring, or summer, or whenever.
Wrong! Your yard affects the energy of your homeâ€”and you! Dead bushes and trees can stifle new opportunities and growth in your life; patches of poison ivy or dead lawn can be symbolic of important areas in your life you are neglecting; and weeds and spider webs that are encroaching on your home are symbolic means of pushing the outside world away and moving into depression and isolation.
So back to my Feng Shui challenged yard. I had the pampas bush ripped out (a mythic feat that required three brave men and a huge bulldozerâ€”think the Gila monster fighting Godzilla). I cleaned up the large branches and had the dead tree removedâ€”with the stump ground. Not a good idea to leave cut-off stumps.
And on a particularly delightful summer morning that went downhill quickly as the mercury rose to tropical levelsâ€”minus the ocean breeze–I spent many happy hours ripping out poison ivy, weeds, and spreading mulch.
Now take your own Feng Shui walk through your yard. Remove dead bushes, trees, and branches; plant grass, flowers, or mulch barren areas; remove spider webs and insect homes unless you want to scare trick or treaters; and finally, avoid chemicals and pesticides that kill not only weeds but chi energizing birds, bees, and roving petsâ€”but not pampas grass bushes! — Gabriele Amersbach, Lucky Path Feng Shui