Managing Icy Roads, Driveways and Walkways

When the icy weather hits, many people think they need to put out salt-based products to prevent slipping on the ice. However, this is not the best choice. When the salts get washed off of the surfaces and into the soil, they wreak havoc on the soil, plants and water sources they drain into. This is a bad practice for the environment in general.

According to Howard Garrett, Author/Speaker and Organic Gardening Specialist, there are better alternatives that work just as well.

“Here in Texas, concrete sand is primarily used by the Texas Highway Department and seems to do a good job on highways and is non-polluting. Some work has been done in Texas and other states with magnesium products and other relatively non-toxic choices. What we recommend for home and commercial office building use is lava sand or granite sand.”

He also says,


“Other effective products include alfalfa meal (a natural fertilizer), wood ashes (for acid soil areas), coal cinders and zeolite. These materials are not only non-toxic, but they are also good for the soil and the plants as they are washed or swept from the paving into lawns, right of ways and other planting areas. Sure, the sand products can be tracked inside, but so can the salts and toxic products. Give it a try – it works very well.”









Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor, has spent the past 20 years establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace, following his 20 year landscape architecture career. He has gained a significant following of people looking for advice about natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and a natural way to live.

Howard hosts the popular Dirt Doctor radio show on KSKY News Talk 660AM every Saturday morning from 11:00AM – Noon in Dallas/Fort Worth. Every Sunday morning from 8:00AM – 11:00AM he is heard in cities across America on the Salem network. His shows consistently attracts significant audience and community support. web site currently receives over 12,500,000 hits per month. The web site is an important destination for people looking for natural organic information and advice. It also includes the popular Dirt Doctor Organic Forums and Business Listings which attracts thousands of people every day. Dirt Doctor Organic Newsletter is sent to 30,000 people weekly with helpful topics about natural organic gardening and living.

For more information, visit Howard Garrett’s website at

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