We were amazed last summer at the length and breadth of the horticultural
programs at BYUI in Rexburg. We particularly enjoyed the fruit orchard,
it's winding paths and statuary . . . and, of course, the quality of the
trees and fruits hanging from them. We attended Son's of Utah Pioneers
meetings on the campus, but would rank highly these orchards, their excellence
in care and the product they produced. We even took home a half bushel of
apples ! Thanks for all your efforts to beautify and produce a product better
than the most we see.
The article doesn't mention that these students are in high demand and get
very good paying, secure jobs upon graduation. I am a prof for these students at
BYU and have companies begging for our students. We just don't have enough
to meet the demand. And yet so many students graduate in other majors with no
job offers. Send us your students and we will get them employed in jobs they
love. For example, we have one young man that graduated two years ago and he is
already in upper management for a firm in D.C. area making a lofty salary. And
he loves what he does.
In answer to George's question -- You can get rid of cheat grass by plowing
it under and installing in its place plants that can outgrow it, which they will
do provided that you water them well. Cheat is designed by nature for places
that get some little bit of moisture in fall, winter and early spring but dry up
in late spring through the summer. Cheat does not exist here in Virginia,
because it can't compete with the multitude of plants that thrive on our
normally-abundant rainfall. Cheat never grows taller than about a foot, so if
you plant a crop like peas and give them some support, pretty soon the cheat
will be shaded out. You might try following the peas up with maize, beets or
sunflowers. With adequate moisture and fertilizer, these will create a big
enough biomass that, if left on the ground in the fall, it will smother any
cheat grass that might otherwise germinate and bother you.
Kudos to the BYU and BYU-I programs for this achievement. Proper landscaping is
important to human happiness. It was God, after all, who "planted a garden
eastward, in Eden," and more or less commanded that we follow suit.
"Tend and take care of it."
how do I get rid if cheat grass?
Landscaping is so ever-present that we tend to take it for granted, so it's
good to see that the best and brightest in a field that has such potential to
enrich our lives are recognized for their work. If only we celebrated wins like
this as we do football or basketball championships. Congratulations
to the BYU and BYU-I Landscape Management teams!
We live ten miles from campus. After twenty years here, I still haven't got
a decent landscaping plan. Do they do "outreach programs" or give credit
for designing homeowner's yards? If so, please sign us up!
What a great story about these excellent programs. It made me think of how
important it is that we are good stewards of the earth, and of learning to make
things that "please the eye and gladden the heart."