Think Your Salt And De-icing Products Are Safe?

February 12th, 2013

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Q:   Salt… is it bad for the health of your plants and walkway?

A:  Yes, all effective de-icing products will damage plant material and corrode everything from metal to concrete.

 

Although a necessary evil in our climate here are some tips to remember:

  • Do not over apply, a little goes a long way
  • Clear snow first, do not try and melt everything, it is not a substitute for shoveling
  • Do not use on brand new concrete that has not had time to cure
  • All products have some residual effect on the environment, flush areas well with water if you accidentally over use it or if you suspect plant damage

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