Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is Salt Wreaking Havoc on Your Plants?

Salt Can Do More Damage to Trees and Plants Than You Think

Winter in Chicagoland can only mean one thing - Snow! And lots of it. With snow, comes ice and with ice, comes salt. And with salt come....well you get the picture. 

As the plows go buy and spray the roads, little pieces of salt shoot everywhere, including in your yard and on your plants. Even if you don't live on a busy road, your car tracks salt back home with you and that salt can also go anywhere with wind, sleet, rain and snow.  

The Problem with Salt

Salt is a problem when it comes to your plants. While it works wonders at keeping us safe on the reads, salt acts as an herbicide on plants and can seriously damage or kill the shrubs in its path. There is very little you can do for your shrubs that line the streets that are salted by the town or state; however, on your own driveways and walkways, try to limit the amount of salt used near your shrubs, as it will have a negative impact on their health.

There are Salt-Tolerable Shrubs

If you are experiencing salt damage year after year, you should consider planting a salt-tolerable variety of shrub. Burlapping may help protect from salt damage slightly; however, it is very possible that salt will penetrate the burlap.

If you can limit the damage that the wind, snow, and salt cause to your shrubs in the winter, you’ll be much happier with your landscape come spring. It is also a wise idea to have an Arborist inspect the shrubs and trees on your property before winter hits to ensure everything is in a safe, healthy condition. 

Here are Trees "R" Us we have Certified Arborists on staff to help you with just these types of issues and questions. We can help you make decisions about your shrub care in the winter and can even help you pick out varieties of shrubs that will be more resistant to the harsh winter conditions, including salt damage.

If you’re living in the suburbs of Chicago, contact Trees 'R' Us, Inc. for a free quote. We’ll give you an estimate for the care of your shrubs based on 20 years of quality service. We’re I.S.A. certified and have prices that are hard for any tree service to beat. As a family business, we’ve got a reputation of quality service to live up to.

Don’t trust the amateurs to handle your winter shrub care, or any of your tree-care needs. For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069, or email us at

Going out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
President and CEO, Trees R Us, Inc

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