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new concrete and ice/snow melt

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by TOTALLAWN OF KY, Oct 6, 2004.


    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    i have a customer that would like me to apply salt or ice melt this winter .they have a new concrete drive .what is the safest product ,so i don't pitt or tear up the drive way. cost is no issue.also they have a stamped and dyed pad as well any suggestions
  2. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    I was always told nothing on concrete that is less than a year old. I use calcium and sometimes potassium when temps are cold but used only on cleared concrete to finish melting what is left from blower or plow. Becareful if snow is thick as it could pop the top off the concrete. It needs to melt the snow/ice and then be able to dry. If temp is upper 20's or more use 46-0-0 (never use slow release or product with iron). STAY AWAY from salt always on concrete.

    I am sure that there are many others with different products.
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    If concrete is new this year, NO SALTS - INCLUDING FERTILIZER PRODUCTS, because they are also salt formulations.

    Plan on using sand or kitty litter for the first winter with new concrete.
  4. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    I agree, sand is a good choice. Also, if the concrete has not already been sealed, consider using one of the commercially available sealers, or linseed oil.

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