Excessive Salt Usage:
Do you primarily use salt for ice control?
Although salt is often used primarily for ice control on walkways, it does have some drawbacks, especially when used in excessive amounts around perennial beds, shrubs and trees.
When salt is used for ice control, it’s ideal to keep it away from tree and plant roots as much as possible, as the salt can desiccate the roots, putting the tree in a drought-like state.
While salt levels during winter may not be apparent in spring once the heavy rains have washed it away, it still can have a negative affect landscape plants.
Both homeowners and contractors should be mindful of the excessive use of salt during the winter months. Not only does it affect your landscape negativity, it also has an affect during spring runoffs, as it enters the storm drainage system.