Robert Trawick

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Name: Robert Trawick
Date registered: October 18, 2011

Biography

I'm the horticulture extension agent in Jackson County, Florida. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Previously I was the residential horticulture extension agent for Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA.

Latest posts

  1. Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall — October 7, 2013
  2. Seasons Changing – Or Are They? — September 16, 2013
  3. Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist — August 19, 2013
  4. Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial — August 5, 2013
  5. Soggy Soil Can Make Plants Sick — July 1, 2013

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Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

Gardeners may wonder why spring flowering bulbs are a timely topic now when fall is tip-toeing in, but as with most things in horticulture, there is a method to the madness. While many gardeners have become accustomed to running out to the local garden center and buying flats or pots of blooming bedding plants to create “instant gardens”, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/10/07/plant-spring-flowering-bulbs-in-the-fall/

Seasons Changing – Or Are They?

While the recently passed Labor Day is often is touted as the traditional “end of summer,” according to the calendar, fall officially will begin with the fall equinox on Sept. 22nd at 4:44 EDT. In north Florida, however, we know good and well that our summer season extends a good bit longer. Still, even if it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/09/16/seasons-changing-or-are-they/

Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist

As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain. Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen. That problem is somewhat eliminated if you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/19/disposing-of-grass-clippings-can-be-a-pain-but-alternatives-exist/

Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial

With all of the rainy weather Northwest Florida has been having this summer, plenty of excess yard debris is littering our yards. Don’t put it in the landfill, Compost It ! Compost is used primarily in bed preparation to improve the soil and can even be used in preparing potting mixes. Partially composted material also can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/05/composting-recycles-yard-waste-makes-it-beneficial/

Soggy Soil Can Make Plants Sick

This summer parts of the Florida Panhandle have been blessed with ample rain, but coupled with high temperatures, this can be both a blessing and a curse. Adequate moisture is critically important to landscape plants during hot weather, but too much rain or excessive watering also can bring problems. Wet soil combined with high temperatures …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/07/01/soggy-soil-can-make-plants-sick/

Caladiums Made For Shade, Offer Summer Color

Gardeners crave color in shady areas of their landscapes just as much as they do in sunny areas. Unfortunately, shade-loving plants generally are not so flamboyant, and the selection of colorful bedding plants for shady gardens is limited.     Thank goodness for caladiums. Even in fairly heavy shade they can be counted on to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/06/21/caladiums-made-for-shade-offer-summer-color/

Proper Watering Means Difference Between Life, Death For New Plants During Summer

Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, vegetable transplants and ground covers during the summer. Because their roots have not had time to grow out into the surrounding soil, these plants do not yet have well-established root systems. With their root systems still limited …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/06/04/proper-watering-means-difference-between-life-death-for-new-plants-during-summer/

Plant Deciduous Magnolias for their Spectacular Spring Flowers

Magnolia flowering has been exceptionally good this year. Mild temperatures have coaxed “Japanese” magnolias into bloom as much as 4 weeks early. Fortunately the absence of hard freezes (so far) has allowed us to fully enjoy magnolias’ beautiful flowering.   Most years we are not so lucky. Flowers are often damaged by late winter or …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/02/08/plant-deciduous-magnolias-for-their-spectacular-spring-flowers/

Grow A Salad This Winter; Lettuce Easy To Grow, Delicious

Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, delicious and so attractive that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even a garden in containers on a balcony – should include it in the garden. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/01/24/grow-a-salad-this-winter-lettuce-easy-to-grow-delicious/

With Arbor Day Approaching; Good Time To Plant Spring-flowering Trees

As mentioned in the article written by Carrie Stevenson last week, we celebrate Arbor Day here in Florida on January 18th this year. It’s a day we specifically set aside to celebrate and appreciate the role living trees play in improving our lives and our environment. With that in mind, many people plant trees to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/01/16/with-arbor-day-approaching-good-time-to-plant-spring-flowering-trees/

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