Will the salt that I use to melt ice on my driveway harm the plants in the adjacent flower beds?
That depends on how liberally you apply the salt and how you spread it. If the salt penetrates below the plants’ root zone, it’s essential to keep the soil moist. If at all possible, continue to water the bed during the winter. The best advice is to protect your flower beds with a thick layer of mulch, which will prevent salt contamination.