Thursday, June 21, 2007
Death by a Slip 'n Slide
Dear Bestway,

I purchased a Water Slide (Slip 'n Slide) from our local market for our 4 year old daughter to play with. It works fine. Is made decently and does everything it is supposed to do. Providing hours of fun as promised.

The reason I am writing is because I now have a 20' long strip of dead grass!

I can see that happening if I had left it down for a whole entire day or two, but we only had it out for about 2 hours between 3-5pm. We rolled it up to put it away for the day just before dinner. When we did it was immediately noticed that the grass was wilty and smashed down. At that time we just figured this was temporary due to all the slipping and sliding going on.

When I awoke the next morning the entire strip was yellow/brown. As if someone sprayed Round-up Weed/Grass killer on that area. Today, a week later some of the grass is starting to grow back in but it still looks really silly.

Perhaps there is a chemical that must be washed and scrubbed off first before using this product? Or will this happen again if I lay it back down on another area? Please let me know because I can't take any more chances of this happening again.

See, a big dead strip of grass on your lawn really taunts a husband and his ego. All the men and husbands along this street have some sort of unspoken Tim Allen type of competition going on when it comes to their lawns. They brag to one another over every minor detail from who has the latest and greatest lawn mower to the biggest and baddest BBQ grill.

Now my husband is too embarrassed to leave the house or be seen. He sneaks off to work in the early hours before anyone else on the block gets up. Of course, as you know this is all MY fault because I bought the thing. Let alone decided to put it right smack dab in the middle of our plush green front lawn. Now the whole neighborhood can see it as it stands out like a bad wax job on a hairy man's back.

We're the laughing stock of the whole neighborhood. The mental anguish is excruciating. Please reply soon and let me know how to avoid this side effect or if I should throw this thing in the trash.

Thank you.


Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 7:50 AM  
  • At 10:22 AM, Blogger Twisted Cinderella said…

    LOL I love the way you worded this post. Very funny.

    On the other hand, I have never heard of Slip and slides doing that. But I have never owned on either.

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger Woozie said…

    Dear Consumer:

    We at Bestway first want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for purchasing our quality PVC product, made with Pride in the USA of Chinese parts.

    We at Bestway feel deeply for your family's mental anguish and your lawn damage. Our best scientists are doing everything in their power to find out why our quality product killed your lawn.

    As far as your family's constant mental anguish over this unfortunate situation goes, we recommend you go slip 'n sliding all over everyone else's lawn. Then your husband's ego is not further tarnished.

    Thank you again for purchasing our product Martha.

    -The Management

  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger Lavender said…

    I have a similar looking dead strip on my lawn too. You might want to move it to the back yard. *S*

  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Jayne d'Arcy said…

    It isn't the slip n slide that killed the lawn. It's the two hours of kids smashing themselves into the slip n slide that killed the lawn. This will happen wherever you put the slide down.

    Our neighbor, who is fanatical about his lawn, had one of those a couple years ago for the daughter and her friends. He tore out an area of lawn, put down sand and a long strip of three inch foam. Then put the slide on top. The next year, nobody wanted to play on the slide, so he re-planted grass and that was it.

  • At 7:43 PM, Blogger Dr.John said…

    We have a slip and side and it didn't hurt the grass at all and it was out all day. The weird thing is the dogs enjoyed it more than the kids. I have no competition going. I figure dead grass doesn't have to be mowed . So, of course, ours doesn't die.

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  • At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So bummed this just happened to my fresh beautiful lawn as well! I have been watering daily but almost a week and no improvement. My daughter wants to use the slip and slide again but no way im risking my lawn again.
    Years ago we put down plastic over weeds that we had and had the same effect as the slip and slide. Gotta be the plastic........

  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger john white said…

    I have had the dame problem with two different slip and slides from different companies- my lawn grows back but for about three weeks i have dead spots- not an entire rectangle just where the most water was sitting- i believe what is happening is the ground is getting super saturated and over watering can kill grass just as sure as no water can, I think that is what happened the grass became swampy and just died in particular spots where the water gathered-My advice is to either not water your grass for a few days before and after to keep it thirsty, or figure a way to drain the water more effectively- I remember when i was a kid never having this problem- but then again no ones back yard was even level- so all the water naturally drained away. Hope that help - J

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