About Me


Great Gardens Simplified

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by my little green patch on the World Wide Web.

I’ve created this spot as a way to assist those potential gardeners who desire a fantastic garden, but for one reason or another have trouble creating the outdoor environment they see in the magazines or at their neighbor’s home. I don’t believe in the “brown thumb” excuses, because I know from experience anyone can have the garden of their dreams if they just learn a few simple techniques and tricks. My goal is to bring gardening down to the basics, because once the basics are understood, anything in gardening is possible! …Except for maybe a blue rose, but that’s a story for a different day. :)

For the past twenty years, I have earned my living designing, building, and caring for private and commercial gardens and landscapes from tiny patio gardens to several acre estates. I’ve learned how to keep costs low, and I’ve worked on projects with unlimited budgets. Creating beautiful environments is my passion, and I want it to become yours as well. I will continually be offering suggestions of techniques and “tricks of the trade” that will save you money and time and make your outdoor vision unfold into something that will give you pleasure and put a smile on your face.

I hope you find my thoughts helpful, and I look forward to getting your comments…

Rees Cowden


Tim "Smiling Cat" Eutin

Hello Rees,
I just came in from mowing the lawn and was thinking about you. Why? You are very knowledgeable and come across as “real” and trust worthy. Here’s my problem…
I moved into an older home that has a large hedge. The hedge is a mix of 31 different plants, trees and vines. It doesn’t look as bad as it sounds as long as I keep it trimmed. (definately not bad enought to go through the effort of removing it – that can wait for the next owner!)
Anyway the hedge has poison ivy in it. How can I get rid of the poison ivy without killing the hedge?
And thanks for the great blog and articles on Hubpages.


OK, I admit it…I went straight to the “Sex in the Garden” article. My plant geneticist/professor friend at UGA tricks me with that every time, too! Great site, “Rees.” Stay in touch.

Rees Cowden

Holly, Holly, Holly…..please, get your mind out of the gutter 🙂 ….this is a gardening blog.
Plant/geneticist/professor/friend? Does his business card say that?
Thanks for reading….more on the way soon.


Just wanted to know if you would be open to selling advertising on your site greensideupblog.com
I am looking to buy an advert for a store selling garden plants and seeds. A simple text link advert from your site’s left or right panel should do.
Please let me know if you are interested and I will let you know further details.


my parents have one heck of a crazy outgrown piece of land that desperately needs some serious landscaping work. i look forward to perusing your site for ways to “clean” the yard. thanks


Good morning,
In reference to your answer about reseeding after grass is burnt by dog urine. I applied a crabgrass preemergent 2 months ago. Will the reseeding work.
Thank you,


Hi Ted,
My answer is that it depends (I hate it when people tell me that). There are at least two types of pre-emergent’s for crabgrass. If the one you used has an active ingredient called Siduron then you are safe. It’s sold under a couple of common names and as far as I know it’s the only one that will selectively control crabgrass but does not kill other grass seeds.
If you are not sure what you used and decide overseed, rather than use plugs or sod, then make sure you scratch the surface well prior to seeding. The preemergent forms a film barrier and by disrupting the barrier the correct new seed will have a better chance. Of course so will the crabgrass.
I always tell people to go heavy on the seeding, double or triple the recommended rates. The best defense against crabgrass is a good offense. Your preemergent is a beginning step but a strong vigorous lawn will keep the crabgrass from getting a hold. Fertilizer and water are the second step.
Good Luck,

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