How Rock Salt Damages Our Yards

Posted on February 28, 2017

Road salt is a typical product we hear about in the winter months, and Cataldo Landscape knows how important it is to keep people safe on the roads, sideways, driveways, and more. As a landscaping company near Boston, we understand its benefits. However, it can also wreak havoc on our yards! Prior to piling your salty snow on the lawn, think about the various ways salt can damage our beautifully designed properties.

Grass damage

Salt is a corrosive material, and easily dries out items like grass when left on the surface for too long. You might notice in the spring that you have patches of brown and dead grass, and salt could be contributing to that adverse effect!

Tree root damage

Much like salt extracts moisture from our lawns, it can also remove moisture from our roots. When our trees are unable to receive the nutrients it needs, it can enter a drought-like state, which inflicts additional stress on the tree.

Masonry damage

From driveways to pathways, de-icing salt can inflict a lot of harm on particular items. When not applied correctly to the surface, this salt can cause discoloration to your pavers and other surfaces. With extensive use, de-icing salt can even lead to structural damage.

There are many methods out there to avoid these problems, and often these concepts do not work as well as de-icing salt. Investigate the ingredients in your potential road salt options and understand their impacts on your yard before using.

Luckily, when you use a landscaper in the Boston area that also snowplows, they know the best way to work with your current landscape to avoid those possible damages and even offer suggestions for what kind of salt to buy.

If you have more questions about Cataldo’s services, please contact us today at (781) 304-8900.