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Leading up to winter, the weather is always a big topic of conversation. Bad weather conditions such as frost, snow and ice have to be taken into consideration as a precaution. This means keeping pavements, roads and driveways clear from ice, as it causes road accidents and slipping injuries.

The best way to prevent icy walkways, roads and driveways is by spreading rock salt. A little really does go a long way, which not only means you can save some for next year, but it also saves a lot of money. Although to do this, you need to know how to use it. Here are some guidelines and tips to get the most out of rock salt.

To get the best results of rock salt, you should apply it to your driveway before the snow begins, or the evening before bad weather is predicted.

It is really important to shovel the snow before applying the rock salt. This helps reduce the amount of rock salt you use, which is important because it can have long-term effects on concrete. Doing this could prevent you from having to repair your driveway, which definitely isn't something you want to do, especially during the Christmas period!

Once the shovelling part is done, you can apply the rock salt, making sure you cover all hazardous areas. After this, you will see the ice starting to melt. If you have any areas of thick or hardened ice, these areas may need more time and maintenance, but do note that adding more salt doesn't necessarily mean it'll melt more or quicker.

When you have applied the rock salt, you must let it work on its own for a while. Give it time to melt and do what it needs to do. Once the ice has melted, you can remove the excess with a shovel. However, if you find some hazardous areas that may still be slippy, start the process again; keep doing so until it's no longer dangerous.

Rock salt can have a long term effect on plant growth, grass, and concrete, so make sure you keep that in mind when spreading it. It can also corrode metals, so keep it away from anything containing metallic materials.

Rock salt can be spread manually using a shovel or a scoop, it is also a good idea to wear gloves. The rock salt should be distributed evenly over the surface area. We recommend spreading between 10 – 15 grams of rock salt per square metre to prevent ice and frost forming. If snow is forecast, increase this amount to 20 – 40 grams of rock salt per square metre.

If you need to treat large areas use a salt spreader. There are various different models available, from handheld spreaders, push along spreaders even motorised ride on salt spreaders. These machines allow you to spread rock salt at different rates quickly and easily.

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