During the winter, you can use de-icing rock salt to quickly get rid of snow and ice on your driveway, sidewalk, patio and any footpaths you frequent through your yard and garden. This is an inexpensive and easy way to remove the ice and snow without having to break out the big machinery, or strain your back muscles with a snow shovel.
- Apply the salt before the snow and ice arrives to slow the accumulation.
- Once the ice has arrived, sprinkle the rock salt on top. If the ice is covered by snow, you can first use a snow thrower to quickly remove the snow. Thinner layers of ice and snow will start to immediately melt away. Thicker layers will take a few minutes to completely melt.
- Once the ice starts melting and breaking up, use a snow shovel to remove any ice left in the area.
- Reapply the rock salt as often as necessary to prevent the ice build-up.
It is vitally important to buy your rock salt early in the season. If you wait until winter is well underway, most stores have already sold out.