Don’t forget never to use salt on concrete as it will damage the surface and can harm or even kill pets if ingested. Purchase salt free ice melts that are more friendly to concrete and wood but remember any ice melt can damage your plants and harm pets. Ask your local vet for pet safety information!
- Don’t over-salt! Follow label directions precisely.
- Avoid using rock salt in extreme cold. Salt is most effective at temperatures just below the freezing point.
- De-icing agents with calcium-chloride, or calcium magnesium acetate, are salt-free and should be used in extreme cold.
- Also, in extreme cold, sprinkle water lightly over the surface before you apply the ice melt for better results.
- Erect barriers with plastic fencing, burlap or snow fencing to protect sensitive plants.
- For plants that do get sprayed by salt, use a broom and lightly brush salt off of the plants. You may not see the damage to plants and trees by salt or ice melt until spring.
- Shovel ice and snow as soon as possible, and try to keep sidewalks and paths clear to avoid re-applying.