How to Make a Zen Garden

How to Make a Zen Garden


How to Make a Zen Garden. This minimalist Japanese-style garden utilizes
rock and sand to mimic the movement of water. You will need Garden plot Wood or stones Plastic
sheeting Sand Sculptured rocks or boulders Pebbles, evergreens, or moss Seating Rake
Water element and bridge. Step 1. Choose a quiet, isolated setting for your
Zen garden. Step 2. Define the garden’s shape and size. A raised, wooden rectangle creates a structured
garden box, and a free-flowing stone border gives a more organic form. Step 3. Place plastic sheeting inside the garden area. Then pour 2 inches of sand throughout, level
the sand, and add sculptured rocks or boulders to the area. Use sand made from crushed granite in white,
beige, or gray for a pleasing contrast. Step 4. Layer pebbles, evergreens, and moss for additional
texture. Use a rake to create ripples in the sand,
which mimic water. Don’t overdo the elements or the space will
appear cluttered instead of serene. The process of creating the garden should
be meditative in nature. Step 5. Add unobtrusive seating, such as a low-profile
bench, for a pleasing meditation spot. Depending on the size of your garden, you
may wish to add a water element or traditional Japanese bridge. Did you know The tenets of Zen Buddhism were
compiled by a Chinese monk in 1004 C.E.

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