Beyond the Garage, Lawn & Gardening

Setting Out To Become a Gardening Master

By Blase Mnich, Interactive Brand Writer

What does it take to keep a garden that could grace the covers of a magazine? Honestly, I can’t answer that for you. But, with summer around the corner and gardening season in full swing, if there’s ever been a time to learn, that time is now. That’s what I’m setting out to do. And, I’m going to need your help.

First off, I believe that gardening is an art. And natural talent, as it pertains to all art forms goes a long way. But, I also believe that gardening can be learned with guidance and practice.

With that being said, I have a lot to learn. Luckily, garden masters are all around me. I even work with some. Plus, many of you out there reading this probably have green thumbs yourselves. So instead of just giving you tips like how I usually do, I’ll let you in on a few gardening maintenance secrets that I learned so far, and maybe you can give me yours.


Mulching is one of those gardening maintenance techniques that everybody knows about. What may not be as obvious is the variety of different options you have for mulch. Leaves, grass clippings and wood chips may be a given, but have you ever heard of rubber mulch? Composed from used tires, rubber mulch is a direct replacement for traditional mulch. It’s beneficial for soil moisture with its non-porous compound, a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and best of all — it’s cheap! Does anyone out there use rubber mulch? Let me know what you think about it.


It’s no mystery that grass and plants need to be watered. But there are general rules when it comes to watering. Make sure you give your plants enough water to keep them healthy, but don’t overdo it because that can lead to rot. Not sure how much is too much, or too little? Me too. I’ve been told that an inch of water per week should suffice, but it’s hard to really visualize how much water that is over a span of seven days. Have a better suggestion? Let me know.


Maintaining a garden takes some sacrifice. It requires time, money and giving up a few stems, branches and flowers for the good of the garden. It’s important to learn not to be afraid to trim plants and flowers even in their early blooming stages. Once they’re done blooming and start to wither away, renewal pruning can act like a time machine, helping plants bloom again in the future. However, all plants are different and have special needs. Maintenance varies depending on specific plants. Trimming a shrub or bed of roses will be different than pruning a tree. This is where I could really use your help. Let me know what works for you by sharing your tips for trimming and pruning.


What you have inside the garage is just as important as what you have in your garden. Inexpensive and old tools make working outside a lot harder than it has to be. And if your tools are disorganized and buried under clutter, searching and organizing takes up valuable time you could be spending outside. Invest in your garden by investing in tools and a storage system. It’s worth it, especially if you’re really passionate about gardening as a hobby.

While there is much more to the craft of gardening than these simple gardening essentials, they can go a long way. Not only will they help you maintain a healthy and great looking garden, but they add a high level of curb appeal to any house. Plus, there’s just something about being greeted with a nice blooming garden as you pull in and out of your garage every day — one that’s been cultivated with your very own hands, like a piece of art, for everyone to see. I hope to achieve that feeling this year with the help of others. So comment with your tips and share your garden art by uploading pictures of your yard and your gardening tool storage center inside your garage to our Facebook and Flickr pages by tagging them as Gladiator®.

A thank you goes out to everyone that helped me get started on the journey to becoming a gardening gladiator. I’d especially like to thank Beata O. for sending me pictures of her garden. The results of a few hours outside are amazing, wouldn’t you say?








Blase Mnich is a copywriter with an affinity for Gladiator®. Writing for the brand has inspired him to reorganize the way he looks at the world around him.

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