how to make a zen garden rake
Make five equally spaced marks with a pencil on one side of your square wooden dowel. Glue the 48-inch by 1-inch round wooden dowel over your mark on the unglued side of the square dowel. Spray paint your Zen garden rake. In a well-ventilated area, place your Zen garden rake on newspaper.
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What is Zen garden raking?
For centuries, monks in Japan have perfected the art of raking zen gardens to reach a meditative state. Now, people around the world build Japanese-inspired gardens and rake the gravel or sand into beautiful patterns. Start by learning how to rake a garden into the water drop design, one of the most common patterns.
How do you make a zen garden with gravel?
Lay landscape fabric over the soil, making cuts to accommodate rocks and plants. Apply a few inches of the white gravel. Spread it with the hoe to distribute it. Rake ripples or swirls in it with the wooden Zen rake. Part of Zen-garden maintenance is to rake these designs back into the gravel after the elements have disturbed them.
How to use a rake for gardening?
Start at one side of the garden and pull the rake all the way to the other side in a straight line. Then turn around and rake beside your previous lines. The wide-toothed wooden rake is different from most gardening rakes. Its teeth are large and set far apart so that they can trace deep grooves into the sand or gravel.
How do you paint a zen garden rake?
Spray paint your Zen garden rake. In a well-ventilated area, place your Zen garden rake on newspaper. Spray one side in long even strokes with the spray paint can. Allow to dry for 4 hours. Turn your rake over and repeat the process. After both sides are dry, continue spray-painting any missed areas on your rake.