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Deicers or De-Icers?

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It’s January! Reminders of winter’s icy revenge on driveways and walkways and what to do about it is ever evident here in our hill country of Northwestern Connecticut.

Consider carefully which ice melt products will be least harmful to plants, trees and ground water sources, even the floors in your home. If you are owners of pets, especially dogs or kitties, remember to keep safe their little (or big) paws. De-icer materials can be hurtful when sand and salt become lodged between their paw pads. Ouch!

The question is, what to buy? Fortunately, our area hardware stores have knowledgeable staff who can assist with your decision. I respectfully defer to others’ research, professional advice, product labels, and comparative cost. Calcium chloride seems to be considered less harmful to vegetation as opposed to rock salt (also known as sodium chloride). Other possibilities on the market are potassium chloride and magnesium chloride. A sand/salt mix may be a happy medium.

Now that you are out of the driveway, go skiing...maybe Catamount, Mohawk or Butternut...and have some outdoor fun!


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