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Ice Melts And Their Effects On Plants

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Have you ever noticed the plants around your sidewalks or driveway looking burned or fading out during the icy winter? If this is the case, it’s time to rethink your deicer and replace it with something more plant-friendly. Keep in mind that deicers can harm both concrete and plants. To avoid these damages, you need to opt for a salt-free and safe ice melt.

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How Chlorides Harm Your Plants

Rock salt (sodium chloride) is the most common ice melting agent, although you may also encounter ice melt products composed of calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, or potassium chloride. 

Plantlife can be vulnerable to chlorides. For maximum health, plants only require a trace quantity of sodium. When high amounts of salt seep into the earth, it prevents plants from absorbing nutrients like potassium and calcium, resulting in sickly plants. 

Rock salt and other ice melt chemicals are toxic to plants even in small doses. The salt draws moisture from plants. It is the cause of shriveled, dead shrubs and trees, dry leaf tips, and dying leaves on evergreens in winter or fresh leaves in spring. Because of this reason, chlorides are also not a safe ice melter for wood decks.

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The chloride salts in all ice melts are caustic and poisonous, killing the majority of plant life near roads and driveways where they are used. Anything planted near salt or ice melt treated areas is at risk of being damaged by the dissolved salts. 

Salt sprayed from surrounding highways can drop on the evergreen tree and shrub branches and leaves, drying them out on contact, harming the leaves, and making the plant less cold, resilient, and more likely to freeze.

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How To Protect Your Plants This Winter

The best and easiest way to avoid plant damage this winter is by choosing a salt-free and plant-safe ice melt. You can use eco-friendly ice melt like Safe Paw that is easily available in the market. It is environmentally friendly and safe for all. The urea-based natural ice melts will not damage your greenery but on the brighter side, will help their growth in difficult winter months.

Some plants can be protected by wrapping them in burlap or erecting a plastic or burlap fence between them and the road or sidewalk. By scooping or pushing snow away from vegetation treated with ice melt, you can keep it away from the plants. 

When the snow melts, you should try to clean the soil with extra water, especially if there hasn’t been much rain to wash it away naturally. To help eliminate salt residue from the yard, place a garden hose near the damaged area and run it low for a few hours. 

Pines are especially vulnerable to road salt spray, so take caution to keep them safe. You can try to pick a spot distant from the road salt spray.

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By resisting the chloride-based ice melts, you can avoid winter damages. While looking for ice melter for wood decks or concrete, opt for the safest and most effective option- salt-free and natural ice melt.

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