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Ice melting fertilizer
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Roscoe P Coaltrane    Posted 03-11-2001 at 02:35:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live in the midwest, and this year we've been getting a lot of ice. After about the first 2 big snowstorms, all the ice melter has been constantly sold out of the stores. A while back, I remember someone told me you can use fertilizer to melt the ice on sidewalks and driveways, and then it'll scrape right up. Does it work as good as the commerical melting stuff with salt, magnesium, etc.? What's the best kind, I mean mixture, to use? Thanks in advance. My butts sore from falling down!

WSF    Posted 03-31-2001 at 16:19:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Yeah, urea or regular garden fertilizer will melt ice. It will also contribute to unhealthy run-off and groundwater contamination with nitrogen and phosphates. Here in the northeast, they lay blame for Chesapeake Bay nitrogen levels on farmers like me, but every winter, when conventional ice melt supplies are low, I see hordes of yuppies and suburbanites in at the co-op buying 200# of fertilizer to nuke their ice! That groundwater contamination has a lot to do with cavalier, unwise use of urea and fetilizer. If you can't find regular ice melt, use cinders, sand, or ashes; they don't cause melting but they'll improve footing. Leave urea and fertilizer to their proper use!

melodee heatwole    Posted 11-21-2004 at 11:10:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

sprout    Posted 03-12-2001 at 20:14:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Unless the Frost goes out of the ground before all your ice melts that fertilizer is just going to run off into the streams and rivers. Eventually finding its way to the gulf of mexico contributing to hypoxia. I think thats what they call it? From what I understand many airports use urea to deice their run ways. well what happens when all that snow melts and the waste treatment plants can't handle all that water? I'll tell you,
they open the gates and let it run directly into the rivers. then they blame us farmers for the high amount of nitrates in the gulf of mexico.
sorry so long. sprinkle some sand on the ice and walk very carefully!


Bill    Posted 03-11-2001 at 05:09:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not sure of the spelling believe it's Urea. Had an older gentleman at the mill steer m towars it. Works great for me. I use it on the roof to stop the ice from daming.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-11-2001 at 08:36:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It is called Urea and it is just what it says it is.
It is very high in Nitrogen and will keep the grass happy along where you are using it as opposed to 'salts' which tend to kill nearby green stuff...

Robin Hood    Posted 03-11-2001 at 04:15:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Potassium Chloride works almost as good. The salt index is a little less with the cost being a little more. Any ag store will have it. Ask for 0-0-60.

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