We’re approaching the new year, and winter is in full swing. While we’re at the end of the year, it’s still the middle of winter, and that means there is still plenty of ice and snow that needs to be managed. For many property owners, managing winter weather means using ice melt.
Ice melt is a combination of products that are designed to remove ice from surfaces such as pathways, driveways, and sidewalks. There are many products you can use, though, and this leads to a large number of questions. Here are some of the questions that landscapers should ask before using ice melt.
“What is Eutectic Temperature, and What is Important About It?”
When discussing eutectic temperature, we’re referring to the temperature at which ice melt no longer melts ice. This means you can’t just use it any time you have ice on your property. You need to understand your ice melt’s eutectic temperature before you start applying it so that you can use the ice melt most effectively. Your distributor should be able to tell you the eutectic temperature of whatever product you have.
“Which Ingredients Contribute to the Ice-Melting Process?”
No matter what product you get, its main priority should be to melt ice. Even if there are other potential benefits from ice-melting products, such as fertilizing your lawn, you shouldn’t get those products if it takes away from their ability to melt ice.
To melt ice effectively, there are a few ingredients that should be on your radar, such as magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. These ingredients are most effective at temperatures under zero degrees Fahrenheit.
A more common ice-melting material is salt (sodium chloride, but it will only work until temperatures go under five degrees Fahrenheit.
“How Can I Know the Most Ideal Way to Use Ice Melt Products?”
A lot of places can be damaged with misused ice melt. It can damage plants, grass, and even your pets if you aren’t careful. To get insight on the proper way to use your ice melt product, you should consult your manufacturer’s webpage. You can also bring in the help of a professional landscaping company, and they will make sure the application goes smoothly.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for fall and winter, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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