M.L. Robinson

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M.L. Robinson

Assistant Professor, State Specialist

Summary

M. L. Robinson has had a 22-year career in Environmental Horticulture and related fields as an Associate Professor/Specialist for the University of Nevada and the University of Florida. Areas of expertise include water conservation, natural resources, palms, desert plants (cactus, succulents and Mojave natives) and integrated pest management.

Programs

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Botanic Gardens

Extension's 3.3 acre outdoor educational Botanic Gardens are located at 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. Maintained by faculty, staff and Master Gardener Volunteers, the gardens provide demonstrations and research opportunities. It features an orchard, vegetables, compost, mulch, native wash, children's garden, rose garden, cactus garden, milkweeds/monarchs, herbs and a team development course. The gardens are open to the public for self-guided and guided tours.

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Center for Urban Water Conservation

Researching new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways for the Mojave Desert climate.

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Commercial Landscape Horticulture

Classes offer training for green industry workers, including some bilingual classes, on how to landscape in the Nevada desert

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Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training

Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one Extension representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period.

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Master Gardeners of Clark County

Serving Clark, Lincoln and Southern Nye counties gardening needs.

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Master Gardeners of Nevada

Program trains local gardeners to provide research-based horticulture information to Nevadans

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Nevada Desert Bioscape

Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the green industry of southern Nevada. The program uses the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
Green Fountain Grass
Green Fountain Grass
Too often, attractive plants that we bring into the landscape from other regions turn out to be just too successful. They usually have no natural enemies in the new area, so they are able to thrive. They appear in wild areas and begin to out-compete native plants. One of these is green fountain grass.
O'Callaghan, A. M., and Robinson, ML 2014, Extension University of Nevada Reno, FS-14-11
Problemas De Palmeras Que En Realidad No Son Problemas
Problemas de palma que no son. Muchas personas no están familiarizadas con el cultivo de palmeras y hacen observaciones que piensan que son anormales en el crecimiento y la apariencia de las palmas. Esta publicación aborda estos síntomas, el problema percibido y la explicación de lo que realmente está ocurriendo en la
Robinson, M.L., O'Callaghan, A., Schaerer, M. F. 2011, Extension: University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-53
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Fifty Palms That Are Grown or Should Be Tried in Southern Nevada
Palm trees are an important part of the urban southwest landscape, especially in southern Nevada. Unfortunately, the palm tree landscape palette is limited to under 10 different types of commonly used palms. This publication explores 50 palms that are grown or should be grown in southern Nevada or at least tried.
M. L. Robinson 2010, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, FS-10-64
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Palm Problems That Aren't
Many people are not familiar with growing palm trees and make observations that they think are abnormal in the palms growth and appearance. This publication addresses these symptoms, perceived problem and explanation of what is actually occurring in the Palm. It is also an easy guide for the professional and homeowner.
Robinson, M. L., and O'Callaghan, A. 2010, Extension University of Nevada Reno, FS-10-72
Date Palm Gardening Guide for Southern Nevada
This publication is a companion to the publication, in Southern Nevada publication. It is a month by month guide to fertilization, pruning, irrigation and other cultural practices for the date palm.
Robinson, M. L. 2002, Extension University of Nevada Reno, FS-02-99
Using Pesticides Safely
Whether one is a commercial pesticide applicator or homeowner safely spraying a few pests in their yard safety is a priority. This publication highlights safety practices that will help the pesticide applicator manage pest problems without contaminating the environment or causing harm to themselves, family or pets.
Johnson, W.S., Post, R., Carlos, W., Post, E., and Robinson, M.L. 2000, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, FS-00-19
La Propagacion de las plantas de interior
Esta publicación cubre las técnicas básicas de propagación de plantas domésticas. Está dirigido a propietarios que desean cultivar nuevas plantas para ellos y otros. Se puede utilizar para enseñar a adultos y niños la alegría de cultivar las plantas.
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS 99-60
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El Cuidado de las Plantas de Interior
Esta breve hoja informativa le da al lector una mejor comprensión de los requisitos básicos para el éxito en el cultivo de plantas domésticas que incluye recomendaciones para plantas de interior que funcionan bien en el desierto suroeste.
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS 99-59
Siembre Plantas Anuales Para Darle Color Al Paisaje
En el sur de Nevada se pueden plantar diferentes anuales durante todo el año para agregar color y variedad al paisaje. Hay anuales de otoño, invierno y primavera que prosperan, y hay algunos anuales de verano que tratan de sobrevivir. Esta documento ofrece consejos para usar y cultivar anualmente en paisajes domésticos
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A. 1999, Extension: University of Nevada, Reno FS 99-62
Perennes en el Jardín
Los perennes son plantas que viven más de una temporada de cultivo. Algunos son llamados perennes de corta duración y sólo sobreviven unos pocos años en el jardín. Otros son más longevos y duran de 5 a 10 años o más. Esta hoja informativa ayuda al jardinero a elegir perennes correctas para sus pat
Robinson, M.L., and Roberts, A. 1999, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS 99-61
Introduction to Houseplants
This short fact sheet gives the reader a better understanding of the basic requirements for success in growing houseplants it includes recommendations for indoor plants that perform well in the desert Southwest.
Roberts, A., and Robinson, M. L. 1998, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, FS-98-91
Perennials in the Garden
Perennials are plants that live longer than one growing season. Some are called short lived perennials and only survive a few years in the garden. Others are longer lived and last 5 to 10 years or longer.This fact sheet helps the gardener choose correct perennials for their yards, and also goes over cultural practices.
Roberts, A., and Robinson, M. L. 1998, Extension University of Nevada Reno, FS-98-93
Plant Annuals for Color
In southern Nevada different annuals can be planted throughout the year to add color and variety to the landscape. There are fall, winter and spring annuals that thrive, and there are a few summer annuals that try to survive the summer heat. This fact sheet gives tips for using and growing annuals in home landscapes.
Roberts, A., and Robinson, M. L. 1998, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, FS-98-94
Propagating Houseplants
This publication covers the basic techniques of propagating houseplants. It is geared toward homeowners who would like to grow new plants for themselves and others. It can be used to teach adults and children the joy of cultivating the plants.
Robinson, M.L. and Roberts, A. 1998, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS 98 -92
Special Publications
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Pruning Cacti And Other Desert Succulents
Pruning is an important part of any landscape maintenance program, including Southwestern desert landscapes. Pruning plants such as cacti, yuccas, agaves and other succulents is simple, but requires some basic plant knowledge.
Robinson, M. L., O’Callaghan, A., and Anderson, J. 2016, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-16-01
Pruning Desert Shrubs
Pruning Desert Shrubs in Southern Nevada-Type Climates
This publication is a guide to correct pruning of desert and desert adapted shrubs in the landscape. It details how to prune and why correct pruning is important to the health and beauty of the plants.
Robinson, M.L., O'Callaghan, A., and Anderson, J. 2014, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-14-13
Creating a Community Garden
People who are concerned about food accessibility, variety and safety often consider growing their own vegetables and fruits. Community gardens can provide spaces for growing food and for contact with others living nearby. This publication provides guidance for creating and maintaining community gardens.
O'Callaghan, A. M., Fagin, E., and Robinson, M. L. 2013, Extension University of Nevada Reno, SP-13-07
Introduction to Pruning
Palm trees are one of the most dominant plant materials found in the landscapes of southern Nevada and throughout the desert Southwest.Unfortunately, most palm trees are incorrectly pruned by homeowners and commercial landscape maintenance companies.This publication explains why and how palm trees should be pruned.
Robinson, M. L., O'Callaghan, A., and Anderson, J. 2013, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-13-13
Pruning Palm Trees
Palm trees are one of the most dominant plant materials found in the landscapes of southern Nevada and the desert Southwest. Unfortunately, most palm trees are incorrectly pruned by homeowners and commercial landscape maintenance companies. This publication explains why and how palm trees should be correctly pruned.
Robinson, M. L. 2004, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-04-16
Non-Chemical Rodent Control
Rodents are one of the main pests in urban areas, and can cause various problems in homes and businesses.This publication focuses on ways to manage rodent populations in the urban setting without using common chemical products. It explores aspects of exclusion, trapping and other environmentally friendly practices.
Kerns, W. A., Robinson, M. L., and Ryan, M. 2002, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-02-10
Pigeons
Pigeons are one of the biggest avian pest problems in any urban setting, including the desert southwest. They can carry disease and insects that can affect humans that live nearby. The special publication helps better understand pigeons and alternative forms of management.
Kerns, W. A., Robinson, M. L., and Ryan, M. 2002, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-02-11
The Date Palm in Southern Nevada
The true date palm, Phoenix dactylifera grows in the desert region and is one of the most popular landscape plants for homes and is uniquely adapted for fruit production and ornamental purposes. This publication focuses on growing the date palm in home and commercial landscapes as well as how to produce edible dates.
Robinson, M. L., Brown, B., and Williams, C. F. 2002, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-02-12
Cultivated Palm Seed Germination
This publication identifies ways to germinate palm seeds, for both homeowner and commercial grower. Palms come from various climates including tropical, subtropical, warm temperate and desert areas. They have different germination requirements and the rates vary. This is about best practices for seed germination.
Robinson, M.L. 2002, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Special Publication SP-02-09
Starting A Worm Farm
Worms are one of the most helpful insects in our gardens. They aerate the soil, add to the soil nutrition, and they can help recycle vegetable and other green waste as part of the composting process. This informative fact sheet will help the reader set up a worm farm in the backyard.
Robinson, M. L., and Rider, M. 2000, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, SP-00-26
Scouting the Landscape
Good pest management in the landscape begins with a good scouting program. Scouting what is actually happening to the plants in the landscape. Rather just spraying pesticides, scouting allows the gardener to properly identify problems first. Appropriate solutions can be determined before action is taken.
Robinson, M.L., Johnson, W. S., Post, R. L., Carlos, B. 2000, Extension: University of Nevada, Reno, SP-00-02