|Ice-laden trees provide an icy wonderland effect|
Icy surfaces can be hazardous to your wintertime health so removing snow and ice is a priority. You don’t want to be quoting the Muppets all day – “Watch out for the icy patch!”
|Salt Tolerant Garden near Roadway|
Chemical deicers come in various forms - pellets, flakes and liquids - but research shows that pellets from 1/16" to 3/16" work faster. Regardless of the type, overuse causes problems. Only use as much as necessary.
|Don't overuse deicers|
|Rock Salt Damage to Grass|
Other chemical choices include calcium chloride which melts ice down to -25 degrees. Overuse can harm plants. Potassium chloride is effective to 12 degrees and is a fertilizer; however, overuse can be deadly to plants. Urea, ammonia and carbon dioxide, works down to 15 degrees. Although used as a fertilizer, high concentrations can harm plants. Calcium magnesium acetate, a salt-free deicer using dolomitic limestone and acetic acid, is effective down to 5 degrees and is particularly useful in environmentally sensitive areas.
For areas where deicers can't be used, sand or kitty litter can provide traction but also can be a source of nonpoint pollution.
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