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Tips for de-icing as cold weather moves in

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 11:08 pm

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Alternative de-icers keep walkways safe and plants alive

“Official” winter is still a week away, but I can personally confirm that we are way ahead of icy schedule this year. A quick check of my files reveals that last winter, it wasn’t until the second week of January early this year that John in Kensington was the first listener to ask about de-icers. He wrote: “I have a stamped concrete walkway surrounded by mature foundation plants. I’ve read not to use Magnesium chloride, Calcium chloride or Potassium chloride because they could degrade the cement