Robert Boggs, from the Commercial Services of The Weather Network, speaking at Landscape Ontario this January, pointed out that salt is so damaging to the environment that in 2001, Environment Canada declared salt a toxin and introduced the Code of Practise to reduce salt use.
Most of the talk was more pertinent to snow removal contractors, but my ears perked up when I heard a relatively low tech way to reduce salt use. First you would need an infra-red gun thermometer (available at Canadian Tire) and access to the regular weather network channel on TV.
- Find out the overnight dew point on the weather network.
- Before going to bed, check the pavement and driveway temperatures with the infra-red gun thermometer.
- If you think the pavement and driveway temperatures will go below dew point overnight, salt.
Salting before the ice forms means you will use less salt then if you wait to the morning to salt the already formed ice on your driveway and walkway.
Easy isn’t it? Now where is my infra-red gun …