Clearview Tree and Land has observed that the use of de-icing salt has greatly increased within the last couple of years, through Nassau County, Queens and NYC areas. De-icing salt is usually composed of sodium chloride, calcium sulfate, magnesium chloride, and rock. Salt has water absorbing, as well as corrosive characteristics, which many can visibly notice on cars and/or pavements. Excessive amounts of salt can be harmful to plants and tree life.
An excessive amount of salt absorbed within the soil, by the root system, can decrease a plant’s and/or tree’s health, as well as cause injury to it. Once the salt dissolves into the soil, it separates into sodium ions and chloride ions. Excess of sodium in the soil, absorbs any water that would be available to the tree’s root system. This can then lead to a drought like environment for the tree. Once the de-icing salt is absorbed by the tree’s roots, it then travels up through the trees sap stream, into the tree leaves. These ions then build up within the leaf margins and shoot tips. It becomes a toxic build up is also known as marginal scorch. Another effect of salt absorption in the soil near trees is potassium deficiency. Sodium blocks the trees ability to absorb potassium and magnesium. These are two major components needed for the chlorophyll process, so with excessive exposure to sodium, the tree’s health will decline.
Clearview Tree and Land offers free estimates for tree removal, dead tree removal, tree planting, tree pruning, etc. We have certified arborist on board who can provide a professional observation. Please contact our office today at 888-808-4777.