SLC cemetery open for Memorial Day weekend after herbicide error killed grass

Posted at 9:12 PM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-25 15:27:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY - A mistake last fall killed more than 40 acres of grass at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, and for the past two months the city has worked to revive the grass in time for Memorial Day.

The grass was damaged when an employee accidentally sprayed the wrong herbicide, killing much of the grass at the cemetery.

Salt Lake City spent around $520,000 to fix the mistake, and they'll be back at work again after thousands of people visit this weekend.

“We want to come in after the holiday and do some repair,” said Rich Graham, Salt Lake City Public Services Director. “There will be some foot traffic damage to some of these areas, we expected that.”

There have been restrictions on access to certain parts of the cemetery during the restoration process, but the entire cemetery will be open Memorial Day Weekend even though some areas are still under repair.

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