Salt Conditions - Knowledgebase Question

Paramus, NJ
Question by gannecchino
October 6, 2006
Planting new trees that will tolerate salt conditions currently present in soils and will be exposed to future conditions based on severity of winters.


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Answer from NGA
October 6, 2006

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I think you will find the following articles helpful, they list trees that are salt spray and/or saline soil tolerant. They also offer some suggestions for reducing the effects of road salt. Note that spray from a road can reach up to 50-60 feet away from the street. If you are dealing with this type of severe winter salt problem you may want to also consider erecting a seasonal barrier such as a burlap fence (or permanent fence) to try to deflect some of the spray/salt and possibly plant on a berm to help drain it away as well. Watering in the spring can also help leach the salt more quickly. Your local county extension may have additional suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of your specific situation. Here are the articles, you may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/tre...

http://www.extension.umn.edu/d...

I hope this answers your question.

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