Soil Damage - Knowledgebase Question

Plainfield, Il
Question by fanthulsey
April 16, 2010
The entance to our subdivision is damaged every year by by the Village snowplows slinging salt into our beds and we have difficulty getting plants to grow during Spring/Summer. Is there anything that can be done to enrich the damaged soil and to protect the beds from future damage?

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2010


You can try leaching the excess salt out by flooding the soil. There's nothing you can add to the soil to counteract the salt, but you can plant some salt tolerant plants. Here are a few to consider:
Amelanchier spp. (Serviceberry); Acer campestre (Hedge Maple);bAcer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore Maple); Aronia spp. (Chokeberry); Aesculus hippocastanum (Common Horsechestnut); Caragana arborescens (Siberian Pea Shrub); Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-Heaven); Cytisus spp. (Broom); Betula (Birch); Hamamelis spp. (Witch Hazel); Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian Olive); Hibiscus syriacus and cvs. (Rose of Sharon);
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn); Fraxinus americana (White Ash and cvs.);
Hydrangea spp.and cvs. (Hydrangea); Fraxinus excelsior (European Ash);
Hypericum (most) (St. John's Wort); Fraxinus pennsylvanica (Green Ash); Ilex verticillata (Winterberry); Lonicera tatarica 'Zabelli' (Zabel's Honeysuckle); Gleditsia triacanthos inermis and cvs. (Honey Locust) ; Lonicera xylosteum (European Fly Honeysuckle); Gymnocladus dioica (Kentucky Coffee Tree); Magnolia (most);
Myrica pennsylvanica (Northern Bayberry); Philadelphus spp. and cvs. (Mockorange); Populus spp. (Poplar); Potentilla (Cinquefoil); Prunus x cistena (Sand Cherry);
Rhamnus frangula (Glossy Buckthorn); Quercus alba (White Oak); Rhodotypos scandens (Black Jetbead); Rhus (Sumac); Quercus rubra (Red Oak); Ribes alpinum (Alpine Currant); Robinia pseudoacacia (Black Locust); Salix and cvs. (Willow);
Rosa (shrub types) (Shrubby Roses, e.g.. Rosa rugosa); Sophora japonica (Japanese Pagoda Tree); and Sorbus (Mountain Ash).

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