Winter weather is often hazardous. Marylanders can usually expect at least a few days a year where they have to cope with freezing conditions. Driveways and sidewalks can quickly become treacherous if they are left untreated. Since there are a variety of de-icers available on the market today, many homeowners are unsure of which is the best type to buy. Although most types of de-icers are effective, not all of them are exactly safe for your landscape. Many of which, can have a harmful effect on your lawn and pavement. Here is a brief rundown on three commonly used ice-melts used today and what you need to know each one.
Sodium Chloride (Also Known As Rock Salt)
Sodium Chloride is one of the least expensive de-icers available today. It is also easy to find, as it is commonly available in stores. However, there can be some significant drawbacks to using this product. It can easily damage hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt. It can also damage plant roots and easy burn out grass This makes it a less favorable option if landscaping is a primary concern. It is also important to note that it is harmful to pets.
This type of de-icer is more challenging to find. Only certain stores carry potassium chloride, and it tends to be one of the more expensive than other ice melts on the market. Compared to sodium chloride, this type of agent is less toxic. This makes it less dangerous for pets and plants. However, potassium chloride can still cause damage to most surfaces.
Most professionals will rely on calcium chloride for their jobs. The most considerable advantage of using calcium chloride it still works when the temperatures have dropped into the negatives. It has been proven to be effective all the way down to -25 degrees and helps to prevent refreezing. You will want to use calcium chloride sparingly because, along with the others, can damage surfaces.
If you want to protect your outdoor landscape, magnesium chloride is your best option! Not only is it an eco-friendly option, but it was also created to stay on top of your driveway and not travel to other surfaces. It is a great choice if you are a pet owner or have plants around your driveway or walkways.
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