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Choosing The Right Deicer this Winter

A person's hands hold a large block of clear ice. Icebergs and water fill the background.

When winter weather hits and you need to treat slick areas, like icy sidewalks or steps, de-icer products are an effective option. They also make good companions to a snowblower by treating areas you can’t reach with the machine and dissolving any ice the snowblower leaves behind. Deciding on the right deicer can seem overwhelming as there are quite a few on the market.

Rock Salt is a common residential and commercial deicer that is popular due to its cost-effectiveness. However, it has a higher risk of damaging surfaces and being lethal to pets. Prevent salt damage by switching from salt to safer ice melting products. Salt destroys everything from grass and plants to walkways and driveways. Spending a few extra bucks for better ice melting products will help prevent more costly repairs from happening in the future.

Some natural products – wood chips, ash, sand, birdseed, cat litter, and sunflower seeds – aren’t normally effective to melt ice, but can help provide traction on slippery surfaces. Regardless of the product used, homeowners should take the time to remove as much snow and ice as possible before applying a de-icing product.

Liquid deicers typically work very quickly. They usually come with a bucket and spray applicator. Consumers like this option as it’s often concrete safe and a pet-safe option.

No ice melt is all things for all situations. Each has its positives and negatives. Moreover, there are always consequences when introducing chemicals into the environment. So it’s important to know the differences between various deicing agents before making your decision. Remember to apply de-icing material carefully! Stay away from lawn and landscape areas and the edges of driveways and walkways.


Not only does Earth and Turf provide exceptional landscaping services during the summer, but we also specialize in snow and ice removal during the winter. We provide a range of snow removal services. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can make your property snow-free!