BYU, BYU-Idaho landscape management students 'making the earth a more beautiful place'

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  • william e. kettley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 10, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    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.

  • bgh Provo, UT
    July 9, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    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.

  • John Simpson ARLINGTON, VA
    July 9, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    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.

  • John Simpson ARLINGTON, VA
    July 9, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    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."

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 9, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    how do I get rid if cheat grass?

  • Nachtmerrie_in_Brugge Mesa, AZ
    July 9, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    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!

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    July 9, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    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!

  • Momba6 West Valley City, UT
    July 9, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    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."