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While rock salt is a safe solution for icy walking surfaces, it can have negative impacts on your property that you work so hard to keep in good condition. Find out more about how to be mindful of the damage caused by salt on your driveway, lawn, and landscaping as well as how to minimize the negative consequences of using it.
Rock salt is a type of sodium chloride that is predominantly used during winter months to melt snow and ice off of roads, driveways, sidewalks, etc. Sure, it serves a great purpose, but it can also cause significant harm, especially to driveways, lawns, and landscaping.
Driveways are typically made of concrete or asphalt – both of which can be negatively affected by corrosive rock salts.
Concrete and asphalt are porous materials. When water gets absorbed into one of these materials, it can easily get trapped inside. Trapped water can then freeze and expand, which will lead to cracking and chipping. Rock salt will accelerate that freezing/thawing cycle, inevitably resulting in more significant cracking and damage to your driveway.
When rock salts begin to sink into your lawns, that is when the danger begins. Rock salts will kill the roots of a plant and destroy patches of your grass once the salts dissolve into the soil.
Rock salt can also be damaging to your landscapes and plants. When a heavy snowstorm hits, your piles of shoveled snow will sit on your lawn, landscaped areas, flowerbeds, etc. The salt build up from those piles will start to suffocate your plants. You certainly don’t want to find dead or dying plants when spring arrives, but that could happen if your plants are trapped under giant piles of snow and ice.
There are several ways you can reduce the damage from rock salt during the winter months. Protect your driveways, lawns, and landscapes by trying one or more of the following suggestions this season:
We hope some of these suggestions will help you protect your property this season. Damage from rock salt is no joke!