Gardens and lawn area are treated as an open space in vastu shastra. A plant not only provides a pleasant environment but also a relaxing view and hence they have a special position in Vastu shastra. Many shastra like GARUN PURAN, RUP MANDAL and many more states the importance of plants and tree in our life. A healthy plant not only effect us physically but emotionally too. One should be careful while designing your garden, Vastu have some suggestions you can implement in your life to make it easy and prosperous.
Plants and Trees Locations and Importance
The Vastu provide the location of plants and trees as per their appearance and property.
VASTU GUIDELINES FOR GARDEN TREES AND PLANTS
One enters the house compound through the Main Gate. Usually if space is available, people like to have a small garden in the front as well as at the back of the Site. Vastu Shastra lays down guidelines on all aspects of house designing, including the planting of auspicious trees and plants around the house. As Vastu is a science, there is logical, scientific explanation for every guideline.
Some of the auspicious trees according to Vastu that are good for the inmates but can be planted in huge houses or farms only: PEEPAL TREE It is also known as the Aswatha tree. Scientists have found that oxygen is produced in large amounts by the leaves of this tree and it is found in high concentration under the branches, probably due to the thick foliage. Hence it is considered very healthy to circumambulate but one simple challenge is spreading roots which can affect the foundation of the building.
This tree has great medicinal value and its extract is used in pesticides. Its twigs are used to brush teeth and neem oil is used in physiotherapy. Since neem leaves are very bitter, a mixture of neem leaves, tender green mango and jaggery is eaten on Ugadi or the New Year in South India, as a symbolic gesture, that one is prepared to face the sweet, sour and bitter experiences of the coming year with equanimity. Therefore, this is a good tree to have in a house garden.
Most parts of the mango tree have medicinal value. It’s leaves are used as a pesticide, and its twigs are used for brushing teeth. Its leaves are used for puja purposes. It is considered very auspicious if the dead are cremated using mango tree fire-wood. Then of course, mango fruit is the king among fruits and very tasty.
BANANA TREE The tender saplings of the banana tree are used for decbananaorating doors of houses, pandals etc
Smaller shrubs may be planted on the East or North sides, but no trees should be planted in the North-East corner as they block the useful morning sun rays.
Tall trees like Coconut can be planted in the South-West, West sides but should not be too close to a building as they block the sunlight completely. A tree should be planted such that it’s shadow should not fall on the house, at least between 9 .A.M to 3 P.M.
Large trees like Peepal, Banyan should not be located too near the house as their roots can damage the foundation and compound wall. Also, the large trees absorb most of the sunlight, meaning these positive rays will not be received by the building.
Good trees that can be planted in a house compound are useful trees like coconut, neem, betel, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva, almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and katha.
It is also known as holy Basil and it is always good to grow a Tulasi plant on one’s property. Tulasi should be located on the North, North-East, or East sides of the house, or in front of the house. Tulasi is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicines. It purifies the blood and improves the digestive system. It is believed to be useful in treating many types of diseases.
LAWNS AND WATER BODIES
Lawns should be in the East or the North. A small water-fall of three to four feet or a water body can be constructed in the East or the North leaving the North-East corner. If there is a swimming pool in the garden, it should be in the North or North-East direction, so that the people using the pool benefit from the sun rays and also, the water will get purified by the U.V rays of the Sunlight.