When most people think of icy roads and sidewalks, rock salt (sodium chloride) is usually the first solution that comes to mind. However, this type of de-icer is toxic to plants and animals (and pooches too!). When the ice and snow turns to rain and puddles, the leftover salt gets washed away into rivers and streams. This salt is toxic to the plants and fish in our rivers and streams and can remain in the water nearly a year!
There are alternatives to using rock salt such as products approved by EPA’s safer choice program. There’s even the option to use cracked corn (a common bird seed) to give you that additional traction. And, when then cold stops and the birds come out; they will clean the corn up for you!