The best and most economical material to spread in the Winter is Ice Melt with no salt.
We all know that as Winter arrives temperatures will fall and ice will form.
One early memory I have from Christmas Day, is my Grandad hand spreading rock salt onto our drive, so that when our relatives arrive, they can walk safely to the door without slipping over and hurting themselves. Now, it is a good job my Grandad did hand spread the rock salt because a push spreader wouldn’t have been able to handle it! Unless he’d used Ice Melt of course…
When rock salt gets damp it becomes quite hard and clumpy. This means, when you put it in a spreader, it can be quite challenging to get the rock salt to spread at an even rate. In some cases, you can’t spread it at all!
Rock salt can also cause rust and corrosion.
For these reasons we advise against using rock salt in spreaders!
It’s the same reason why they don’t use rock salt outside the London underground stations, because it will get stomped back into the building, and get caught on all the escalators, which will cause rust, corrosion, mechanical failure, and a mighty fine mess. Millions of pounds of damage are caused to flooring, landscaping and buildings due to cheap rock salt.
The best and most economical material to spread in the Winter is Ice Melt with no salt. Ice melt can be used with an everyday fertiliser spreader because it is dry and free flowing. It is also more economical and environmentally friendly than rock salt.
Rock salt may be cheaper by the kilogram, but it is not controllable in a spreader, causing uneven over-spreading (or no spreading at all!) Ice Melt on the other hand, is designed for push spreaders and can be spread easily in a fine even layer. It will also work at lower temperatures than rock salt. Best of all you avoid the slushy dirty mess, that is soggy rock salt, being tracked inside the house on Christmas morning.