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How to Protect Your Trees from Salt this Winter
What will snow removal/de-icing practices be doing to your trees? As we all know, sodium chloride (salt) is helpful in providing dry, safe pavement for high-speed traffic, but is not good for a tree’s health. Signs of “salt distress” in your trees after the snow melts are reduction in leaf, flower, and fruit size, premature fall coloration and defoliation, stunting, and a general decline in the health of your tree.
How do you minimize or possibly eliminate salt damage? Reduce sodium by adding organic matter, activated charcoal, or gypsum. Build a physical barrier between the pavement and the plants. Provide adequate irrigation, and mulching to reduce water loss. Prune and fertilize to correct nutrient deficiencies. Water your tree to reduce the amount of salt in its system. In high-salt locations, you can also rinse the salt out of your trees and out of your soil.
Please Call 704-366-1134 or SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT online with an AAA TREE EXPERTS Arborist. An evaluation with one of our tree care consultants is FREE OF CHARGE.