According to the Yates County Master Gardeners, salt damages trees through two pathways: via airborne salt spray, as on a busy highway, and via the soil. Salt spray that lands on a dormant twig can enter the tissue through leaf scar and kill the dormant bud, whereas salt in the soil can create a drought.
Here’s two ways about it. Sodium Chloride degrades the environment by poisoning plants, damaging soil structures, harming fish, birds, and other wildlife, and contaminating drinking water sources. Environment Canada has therefore declared rock salt – as used for road clearing in winter – to be toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
Used as an icemelter, Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) is biodegradable and non-corrosive, but it is expensive to produce and hard to apply. How can its beneficial features be realized while its drawbacks are overcome?
Why go Green? Distributors and Retailers alike are asking themselves what is the benefits of offering their customers a truly eco-friendly icemelter alternative. “Show me the Analysis”. This Cost/Benefit analysis shows why going green is not only the responsible choice but that it is also the economically right choice.
Before you buy that bag of salt to de ice your driveway, you may want to do some homework to see if you are poisoning your water supply. Salt can make your food taste better but not your water. Yet, many people and institutions are polluting the very water they drink with.