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Rock Salt Damage to Shrubs & Trees

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Joined: 2009-08-07

In the Farmer's Column of my local newspaper they had some interesting advice:

Rock salt can kill your trees and shrubs. Sodium chloride in high concentrations will basically dehydrate your shrubs and trees and can kill them. The best way to prevent this is to be judicious in your use of rock salt and to direct the salt laden runoff away from your trees and shrubs. It has been discovered that gypsum can be helpful in reversing and reducing salt damage. It can be surface applied with a lawn spreader. Gypsum can be purchased at many stores that supply fertilizers, lime and other soil amendments.

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Now if they would just find something to kill all these stink bugs, it'd be great.

Joined: 2009-08-07
I use Sodium Chloride

in stead of rock salt for many reasons...
Don't need much of it to work so no worry's about plant damage.

Now for the Stinkbugs... only thing I can say is be very thankful they are not Bedbugs..lll

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: Stinkbugs Versus Bedbugs

You're right!! I didn't think of that :exmark:

One night a stinkbug was walking around, made it onto my head and plopped into my ear ... disgusting and now wide awake lookin' for the lil sucker!!

Geez, now I've got to go off and find something else to complain about ;)

Joined: 2009-08-07
I use dry-sweep (baked clay soil pellets),

it's meant for cleaning up oil spilled from mechanic work on cars etc. but gives good traction on ice, I pay less than $7 for a 25 pound bag for mine,,,,when powdered it's the same thing as the dianthimus (sp) earth used as insecticide.

Not sure but could take care of both! :D

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