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Environmentally Friendly Road Salt Solution

by Charlie Nardozzi


Winter for much of the country means ice and snow. One of the ways to help cars and feet grip better is to spread road salt on walkways and streets. More than 15 million tons of deicing salts are used on streets and driveways in the U.S. alone. However, any gardener knows these salts easily leach into the groundwater and can cause the grass to brown near paved areas. Instead of adding new topsoil and reseeding each spring, there’s another solution.

This new product claims to bind the salt so lawn grasses and other plants don’t take it up and aren’t damaged. Salt Buster is a child- and pet-friendly, nontoxic product made from naturally occurring humic and fulvic acids. When applied in fall, it protects the plant roots from the salts. When applied in early spring after snow melt, Salt Buster binds with the salts in the soil before the plant roots can absorb them. The salt is rendered harmless and gets flushed away by irrigation or rain.

For more information on Salt Buster, go to: GET MicroSolutions.

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