Salt vs. shrubs

Snowy weather means using de-icing salt to keep sidewalks and roads safe. But excessive use can harm nearby plants. Here are tips to keep them healthy:

*Use calcium chloride, available at hardware stores, instead of salt.

*Erect barriers between pavement and plants.

*Plant trees in areas away from salt spray.

*Mix salt with abrasives such as sand and ash.

Source: National Arborist Association

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