Every winter, large amounts of ice-salt get spread on roads to help keep travelers safe. We also spread salt around our homes and businesses to reduce the risk of slipping and injuries. While this is necessary for safety, too much salt can cause potentially fatal damage to nearby trees.
Salt damage often goes undetected, not appearing until the end of the following summer, or in some cases, the damage may not be visible for years.
Tips to Fight Off Tree Damage:
- Only use de-icing salt when necessary. Our tree experts recommend mixing the salt together with sand, cinders or ash to reduce the salt’s damaging effects.
- Our certified tree arborists encourage home-owners to look into other de-icing options, such as calcium chloride or calcium magnesium acetate, which are safer for trees and plants.
- When first planting trees, consider where future salt spray may reach, and plant trees safely out of the way.
- If you are going to plant in salt spray areas, try using salt-resistant trees.
- Try creating barriers in between pavement and plants.
- Call on a tree service for advice and options to control any damaged or infected trees properly.
To learn more about the types of tree work that Kelley Tree Service provides, such as tree-trimming and pruning, arborist services, tree removal and stump grinding, or to schedule a free estimate, call us today 617-953-5357, or fill out our online contact form.
Kelley Tree Service is a US Veteran-Owned tree company proudly serving our Massachusetts neighbors in Greater Boston, the North Shore and Cape Ann.