Rock salt? De-icer? Sand? Kitty litter? WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you how to keep your sidewalks and driveways ice-free, and what substance will actually help your plants.
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