Spring Garden Tips
De-Icing Materials

Minimize winter damage to trees, shrubs and lawns and be kind to the environment by shoveling first and applying de-icing material last if needed. Use plant friendly de-icers such as magnesium chloride, potassium acetate or calcium magnesium acetate. And watch for the new corn based de-icers like Ice Ban® and Caliber™. Though final environmental evaluation is still pending, early reports show the products are biodegradable, do not accumulate in the environment and are non-toxic to plants and people.