Try a No Salt Diet – March 2015

salt on sidewalk

Please be kind to your plants and trees this winter. Salt is very harmful and can lead to decline and ultimately death if used near them. To lessen the ill effects of salt, use alternative deicing salts such as calcium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate. Sand is also a good alternative. Remember, if you have to use salt, a thin layer is best. If you see salt remaining on the sidewalk after the ice has melted, you have used too much. Layers of salt (as noted in this photo) will damage the pavement and is especially harmful to the paws of our pets as they walk through it. Salt is also damaging to our streams and rivers.

Linda Paine
Landscaping Committee Co-chair