Here's what happens when you use weed killer instead of fertilizer on a football field

Here's what happens when you use weed killer instead of fertilizer on a football field

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Here's what happens when you use weed killer instead of fertilizer on a football field

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Note to maintenance workers: Please don’t mix up your chemicals, because you can completely ruin a field surface in a single dose of bad judgment.

That’s St. Edward High in Illinois, above. As noted by our USA TODAY Sports Media Group friends at For The Win, St. Edward’s home field was ruined when the company tasked with maintaining the field accidentally applied weed killer across the entire field surface instead of fertilizer, as had been intended. St. Edward suddenly finds itself with the unenviable task of determining whether to continue playing on a dead, hard surface or to move its games to another field.

“It was an honest mistake made in the mixing of chemicals for the field and they feel terrible about it,” St. Edward athletic director P.J. White told the Chicago Tribune. “Someone grabbed the wrong bottle when they were mixing chemicals.”

That was a costly oversight, though it has not been confirmed that the maintenance company will pay to replace the field surface. Either way, St. Edward is forced to adapt on the fly, and make a tough decision about where to play the rest of its 2015 campaign.

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