We use "salt" to melt parking lot ice regularly but not without negative consequences to surfaces and plants.
Damage from salt occurs when the foliage is burned by salt splashed on the foliage or when salt laden snow is thrown against the foliage. Also salt can be absorbed through the root system as it is washed from the parking lot. The symptoms of salt damage are: Stunted growth, yellowed foliage with brown edges, brown, scorched foliage or yellowing and withered evergreen foliage.
Salt is also corrosive to hard surfaces like steps, brick pavers and concrete. We use other "ice melting" products that are less toxic, but they too can cause damage. The best way to limit damage is to use salt sparingly during winter months.
3 weeks ago