How to Keep Rock Salt From Harming Your Lawn

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Rock salt is a part of winter storm clean up, but it can do serious damage to your lawn.

Rock salt is a part of winter storm clean up, but it can do serious damage to your lawn. As an experienced landscaping company, Honeysuckle Nursery and Design is well-equipped to deal with snow and ice without damaging your lawn. 

What is Rock Salt?

Rock salt is a type of sodium compound designed to melt ice and snow quickly. Mainly used by snow removal services, rock salt is usually applied to roads and driveways before or after a large snowstorm. Rock salt is corrosive, meaning it will damage metal, concrete, and asphalt over time. 

How Does IT Affect Your Lawn?

Unfortunately, as rock salt melts the snow and ice, it also melts. When rock salt melts, it infiltrates drainage systems and lawns. This type of salt is not only corrosive but extremely toxic to plants. As the it infiltrates your lawn, it could reach the roots of your plants. Once you kill the roots, plants have a hard time coming back. 

Keep Your Lawn Safe From Rock Salt

To help you keep your lawn alive and healthy, we have rounded up a few tips to make your life easier:

  • Use rock salt sparingly near your lawn. This includes the edges of your sidewalks and driveways.
  • Shovel as much snow as you can. The more snow you get rid of without rock salt, the less of it you will need.
  • Find alternatives to rock salt like magnesium chloride and calcium chloride.
  • Use gypsum if rock salt has damaged your lawn. Gypsum helps move salt away from the roots of your lawn.
  • Create a barrier with the objects on your lawn. By making a physical barrier, the melted rock salt will have a hard time infiltrating your lawn.


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