Don’t Mix Road Salt With Trees
Unfortunately for trees, shrubs and plants, road salt is a major cause of severe damage or premature death. The worst damage happens to species that are planted parallel to roadways or walkways that are heavily salted during the winter months (or during snowstorms). Damage will create high costs for property owners over time especially if the tree falls damaging property.
It’s a necessity that the tree not get too little salt or too much. Sodium Chloride which is the active ingredient in the salt will interfere with growth and nutrient uptake. It also causes plant tissues to dry up and die.
Some of the best ways to prevent damage from road salt are:
- Only plant salt-tolerant tree-shrub species along roadways/walkways.
- Use salts which are more environmentally friendly.
- Raise the planting site
If your in need of advice on protecting your trees or shrubs, feel free to give us a call today.