This is what I need out back. http://www.startribune.com/418/story/1444514.html. Apparently it can lower blood pressure, calm the nerves, ease chronic pain (grad school), help you sleep, and is apparently a religious experience. What exactly is one worshipping or communing with spiritually? Getting dizzy? This just seems too formal for me.
Anywho, I suppose it might lower my resale value if I didn't have SOME flat, perfect lawn space out back for future kids (not mine, lemme tell ya). But wouldn't a labyrinth help kids playing frizbee work on intuition, hand to eye to foot coordination? What's more incentive to be nimble on one's feet and fully aware of one's surroundings then the threat of tripping over mounds of dirt or scattered rocks or water hazzards? I'm going back and forth on this....
The labyrinths outlined in stones or ridges look nice in photos, but I wonder if maintaining them is as relaxing as using them. Can you imagine trying to mow there, or rake leaves out of one? For something quicker to make and easier to maintain, and that wouldn't require much change to your site, perhaps you could leave a part of your lawn unmown, except for cutting the pattern into it. Or, outline the pattern in hay or straw bales. I don't know about your area, but here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, we can get very small (and heavy) bales of compressed hay; they're about 12"x18"x24". They'd last probably two years before breaking down into a lovely mulch/compost. Or, if you're feeling really ambitious, you could prepare the chosen site as you would for a garden, then outline the pattern in some compact, bushy perennial. Thymes might be nice if you have sun, since they'd be fragrant, too. Then cover the paths between the plants with newspaper and gravel. Just a thought.
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