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Dangers of Using Ice Melt

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Plenty of rain and snow this winter has made Ice Melt a popular product.
But, those ice crystals could kill your trees.

Extension Agent Jackie Buckley says ice melt can absorb into plants' roots.
Buckley says you can use it, but recommends keeping the ice salt a couple feet away from your trees.
She says there are other ways you can melt the ice that's near your plants.

(Jackie Buckley / Morton Co. Extension Agent) "If they can keep it at least a couple of feet away and then on the outside of that you can use like kitty litter or some type of fertilizer like urea or some fertilizer you have left from the summertime you can put that on the outside edges. It's more of a natural way to control it."

Buckley also recommends keeping ice melt away from flower beds with self seeding annuals like pansies and dill. 
She says pines and evergreens are especially susceptible to being damaged by the salt, she says trees like Russian Olives and Ohio Buckeyes are more hardy.

 

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