Make Your De-Icing Salt Go Further
It’s only the beginning of December, and we already are seeing shortages of bulk salt, delays in delivery, and higher prices. Many believe this is a standard tactic by salt suppliers to keep prices up, but it doesn’t change the fact that salt is higher priced this season and is harder to get supplied. In these situations, it makes even more sense to make the salt you have to go as far as it can and do the best job possible with the least amount needed. This is where treating your salt with liquid de-icers can come in handy.
There are a number of products on the market for treating salt. They usually contain one or more of the following ingredients: magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium chloride, organics like sugar beet juice or distiller solids, corn sweeteners, and proprietary additives to enhance sticking to the salt or activation in cold weather. These additives can make your salt work at lower temperatures, reduce bounce and scatter when applied, and work quicker. Most importantly, you should be able to reduce your salt output by a minimum of 25% and possibly as much as 50%, depending on conditions.
To treat your salt, you can layer it out on the ground and spray the liquid de-icer over it and then mix it back up. Another option is to use the mashed potato and gravy method. Just pile the salt up, make a hole in the middle where you will put the liquid, and then mix the outside salt into the middle until blended well. Use rates for these products are usually 3-6 gallons/ton of salt.
Advanced Turf Solutions is handling two liquid products to treat salt. One is a calcium chloride-based product called SOS-C. It also contains dye and sticking agents to make it adhere better to the salt. Another product we recommend is GEOMELT, a sugar beet juice-based product for those that want an organic-based solution. Either one can reduce your salt needs and enhance performance.
Give us a call if you want to take advantage of this salt saving technology!
Product Development Manager