Alternatives to deicer products — try play sand, kitty litter or ashes to improve traction on your icy walk or drive. Don’t use fertilizer to melt ice or snow! Plant damage caused by deicers can often be treated by soaking the plant area with 1-inch applications of water three to four times in the spring.
If you do use a deicing product, deice carefully. Follow the product directions and try using less than what is recommended.
If your pets enjoy the outside, you may want to set up an area inside to rinse their paws. Warm water helps to remove salts and other harsh chemicals used on the snowy roads during the winter months.