Save the bushes!, Jan. 25

    Save the bushes!

    Be careful out there.

    1. Avoid products like rock salt that contain sodium. Melting substances that contain magnesium chloride or potassium chloride are a better choice.

    2. Use a small amount and give the product time to break down the snow and ice crystals. A little goes a long way. You know you’ve used too much if salty residue remains after the ice has melted.

    3. Too much salt makes it harder for plants to extract soil water and stresses the roots. If salt levels are too high, roots burn and leave scorch.

    4. Direct contact of sale with evergreens causes foliage to brown and die back.

    5. Instead of salt pellets, use sand or cat litter for traction.

    Avoid injury while shoveling