With our Winter weather lately, we need to be aware of what we are applying to the sidewalks and walkways and the interactions that these products can have with our landscape plants. Sometimes plants may show some winter damage that includes salt issues.
Here are some signs of salt injury:
- Damage mostly on the side of the plant facing the road or sidewalk.
- Browning or discoloration of needles beginning at tips.
- Bud damage or death.
- Twig and stem dieback.
- Delayed bud break.
- Reduced or distorted leaf or stem growth.
If you are looking for some plants that are more tolerant of a higher traffic area, these are some of our favorites:
Junipers - low growing, medium height, and uprights
Rugosa roses- beautiful cold hardy roses with the added benefit of rose hips- a treat for wildlife
Sumac- there are some newer cultivars that do well in Iowa landscapes