Sweet Road Salt

By National Gardening Association Editors

'Tis the season for ice and snow in most parts of the country. As any gardener knows, rock salt used on roadways is effective at deicing the pavement. However, it also harms lawns and roadside plants. Now a new material that is a by-product of alcohol distilling is being used in some communities in the northeastern US as a safer alternative.

A Hungarian scientist at a vodka distillery first discovered Magic Salt. He noticed the retention pond that collected the sugary leftover mash from the distilling process never froze in winter.

Researchers processed the mash into a brown syrup that, when mixed with rock salt, enhances its effectiveness, allowing road crews to use less salt. Magic Salt helps rock salt adhere to the pavement and not bounce off the road. Magic Salt also melts ice at lower temperatures than the traditional l8 degrees F. of straight rock salt. Although rock salt with added Magic Salt is more expensive, its producers claim less is needed to keep roads clear, and it is less harmful to the environment.

For more information on Magic Salt, contact the Innovative Municipal Products (U.S.) at www.innovativecompany.com/news_articles.htm

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