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Fertilizer mix-up turns Findlay campus from green to brown

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If everything had gone as planned, the grass on the University of Findlay campus would be thick and green right now.

Last week however, landscapers accidentally applied weed killer instead of fertilizer and now 75 percent of the campus looks like a desert, with dead brown grass.

All of the affected areas will have to be re-seeded or re-sodded.

"It's sad and not a good sight to look at," said one student.

That seems to be the general consensus.

The University of Findlay campus has always been a lovely part of the community, so lovely in fact that it has won awards.

"Last year we won a national award through 'America in Bloom' for our campus and our grounds crew worked very hard to maintain it, and we're very proud of that," said Brianna Patterson with the University of Findlay.

Now they've got their work cut out for them.

A story in the Findlay Courier says restoring the grounds could cost upwards of two million dollars.

University officials will not comment on that figure.

Best of all, the screw-up shouldn't cost the school a dime.

"The company who we had contracted with their insurance company is working with us to take care of the cost of repairs," said Ms. Patterson.

This grassroots effort to get the University of Findlay green again should be complete in several weeks.

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