Japanese garden maintenance: Tips to creating the ultimate zen atomsphere

Japanese gardens are one of the common relaxing areas people create in their back yard. For those lucky…
Japanese garden maintenance: Tips to creating the ultimate zen atomsphere
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Japanese gardens are one of the common relaxing areas people create in their back yard. For those lucky enough to have ample space, creating larger areas for the ultimate zen experience will require garden maintenance. Luckily, most Japanese gardens do not require a lot of care and can make the perfect garden experience for non-gardeners.

Choosing a Japanese garden may be an ideal solution for those who want the green surrounding without all the green maintenance. There are three types of Japanese gardens that range in care from zero – yes, a no-care garden – to gardens that require a moderate amount of maintenance.

A Japanese rock garden, also known as a zen garden, is a simple space that features mostly rocks and sand instead of plants or flowers. It is common to see gift size versions of these rock gardens with their tiny rake, in boutique shops. Creating a zen garden in your yard is quite effortless with the level of garden maintenance being even less so. Rock gardens are connected with Zen Buddhism and aim to provide you with a place to meditate and draw your thoughts in sand.

Traditional Japanese tea gardens require little garden maintenance because they are not an actual garden. Tea gardens are normally seating areas along a discrete path that lead to a tea house. This seating area generally consists of several simple elements that include pretty lanterns, a step stone pathway, and Asian shrubs if desired. Tea gardens can make an excellent garden choice if you have a small space and are looking to recreate an authentic Japanese environment. The goal of a tea garden is to provide a private place to get away from life’s daily worries and invoke purity, harmony, tranquility, and respect.

If you have a spot of land that consists of slants or gentle hills, turning it into a Japanese hill garden, could make the prefect retreat. This style of garden however, will require some garden maintenance. Actually, the more decorative and creative you become with your Japanese hill garden, the more garden maintenance you can expect. Typically, hill gardens include water features such as koi ponds, fountains, or natural streams. The idea is to recreate a tranquil environment where people can stroll amongst natural beauty.

If you’re not adverse to a little garden maintenance, adding a variety of Japanese plants to your outdoor zen area is the best way authentically to enhance it. Since the goal of all Japanese gardens is simplicity, you will want to choose plants that too, are simple. Consider a variety of azaleas, Japanese irises, baby tears, and other mosses and ferns that will add a feeling of lushness. For trees, bamboo, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, and cherry trees are an accepted traditional choice.