Lawn care owner pledges to repair 302 lawns damaged by chemical burns

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — A Sioux Falls business owner says a single employee mistake damaged lawns across the city and surrounding communities.

Hundreds of lawns are brown on the west side of Sioux Falls right now.

Tate Eining has owned Kut and Kill Lawn Care for 10 years.

“This 100% an accident, anyone could have done it, unfortunately the goal is to learn from it to move forward,” said Tate Eining.

Eining says an experienced employee accidentally applied the wrong chemical, creating a chemical burn on the lawns.

302 lawns were impacted. He is working with his insurance company to find the best way forward.

Some lawns will survive, and for those that don’t, some will be replaced with sod, some will be reseeded, and some will be hydro-seeded. As for the employee responsible for the confusion, Eining says it’s difficult.

“It was probably harder for him than for me. You know, we keep on preaching, accidents happen. He’s been in the game for 25 years, it was purely an accident and I feel very bad for him, just like all of our customers,” Eining said.

Eining says when they get the go-ahead, they will start replacing or repairing lawns affected by the chemical burn.

“I just want people to know that we’re working on this 24/7 and it’s taking time unfortunately the minute we know we’re going to be messaging everyone any way we can, so we can go,” Eining said.

Eining says he will get further advice from his insurance company, which could come as soon as Friday.