Our Head Office will be closed on Friday, July 1st for Canada Day, the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Formerly known as “Dominion Day”, this day marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (now Ontario and Quebec) into a single country.
Word has started to hit the street that Calcium Chloride will be in short supply this coming season. Major manufacturers like Dow and Occidental have already informed their customers that Calcium Chloride will be on allocation. This means that not all orders will be fulfilled. Finding an affordable supply of Calcium Chloride will be a challenge this fall and winter. Calcium Chloride (CaCl) is a very common ice melter product that is known for its fast melting power down to very low temperatures. It is also will known for having some major drawbacks including a short shelf life, requiring more applications than other ice melters, leaving an oily residue behind and being dangerous to people, pets, & the environment. Many customers will be looking for quality alternatives that effectively melt ice that are not sodium based. XYNYTH Manufacturing has two solutions for customers who find themselves in this conundrum. Mountain Organic Natural™ Icemelter and GroundWorks Natural™ Icemelter are perfect alternatives to Calcium Chloride. Not only are they much safer and cleaner, the required usage is only half that of Calcium for the same results. The restrictions on supply will drive up the price causing many to look at cheaper options of Calcium. For those that are more focused on the lower melting temperature and fast action of Calcium over the environmental concerns. This is perfect timing to try our new Arctic Orange™ Icemelter product. The new formulation is designed to work fast and hot like Calcium but will last long longer then pure Calcium Chloride.
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Rock Salt Damage to Trees & Plants
While Road salt is said to be essential to keep our roads safe for traveling during our winter season, their extensive use can become very harmful to trees and plants. Environment Canada completed a five year study of the effects of road salt on the environment. One of the cheapest and most commonly used for de-icing roads and pavements is Rock salt, consisting of 98.5% of sodium chloride (NaCl). The study concluded that rock salt is toxic to the environment, particularly in large concentrations. Studies show that an average of 1.86 trees per km of highway in Canada are affected by the toxic chemicals contained in Rock Salt and need to be replaced each year.
The effects of the toxic chemicals can easily be seen on plants and trees exposed to rock salt mists from or near the busy roads or highways (also known as salt spray). Salt spray can also happen when snow is plowed off of streets and sidewalks and onto trees and shrubs. On Evergreen trees, the needles show ‘tip-burn’, as the needles turn yellow, then bronze and subsequently become brown and begin to drop prematurely. As the needles die, the photosynthetic capacity of the tree is curtailed. Over the years the amount of new growth is reduced, causing the tree to weaken, dieback and perhaps die. On deciduous trees the salt spray affects the opening of buds and twigs.
When Rock Salt in the soil dissolves, it separates in to Sodium and Chloride Ions. Chloride Ions are absorbed by the roots and later can be transported to actively growing leafs causing the leaf to scorch, curl and even die. Sodium Ions are taken through the same chemical route as the necessary tree nutrients, later restricting the uptake of magnesium and potassium, the two essential chemicals for trees and plants. The roots there for can’t take in water through osmosis and begin to die of thirst.
With growing awareness on environmental concerns, XYNYTH Manufacturing Corp. continues to strive in providing customers with products that are environmentally friendly. Having two preferred environmentally friendly products, with potassium being their major component, Mountain Organic Natural™ Icemelter & GroundWorks Natural™ Icemelter benefit the trees and plants as potassium is a major nutrient for them. While these products are very powerful and effective they are also safe around vegetation, children and pets. One way to minimize salt injury to our trees and plants is to start thinking green and making better healthier choices with the type of de-icing products we use.
ICE MELTER AND PROTECTING OUR WATER SYSTEMS
It has long been established that the use of rock salt has negative effects on the environment. In fact there are documented cases of contamination to drinking water and complete destruction of aquatic Eco systems due to excessive salt use. Samples from a storm sewer near Toronto had recorded levels 140 times over the limit set by the provincial Government. Both Environment Canada and the Environment Protection Agency in the U.S. have done studies and are working on solutions to manage this problem. The salt and other chemicals get into the water system through a number of direct and indirect ways. Once the salt gets into the Eco system, there is no way of removing it. It can only be diluted over time. This can be very problematic for sensitive Eco systems that have a slow turnover of fresh water such as natural and even artificial ponds.
The best solution for this matter is to take preventative measures. XYNYTH Manufacturing has developed 3 products that are ideal to address this issue. GroundWorks Natural Icemelter™ and Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter™ were among the first environmentally friendly ice melt products to be introduced. These are fertilizer based icemelters, making them an ideal alternative for Eco sensitive areas. Because they contain potassium chloride, the run off will actually feed the plants. This ultimately means less sodium chloride will get into the water supply.
It should be noted that icemelters containing urea should be strictly avoided around water ways. Urea contains nitrogen and breaks down to ammonia in the environment, which is extremely toxic to aquatic life, even in small doses.
XYNYTH has recently introduced a new product called Winter Warrior Runway Control™. This product is completely chloride free and urea free. While it was initially designed for runway use, being that it is completely non-corrosive and federally approved, it is also ideal for use around sensitive water systems.
It is important to not associate all “pet friendly” icemelters with fish friendly products. Some products like Safe-t-Pet™ or Safe Paw™ are made with urea. While urea is usually safe around animals, it is deadly to aquatic life.
A little chloride is not so bad, as it seems to be well known by owners of fish ponds that adding some chlorides can be beneficial to act as water softeners and help reduce parasites. Some experts also recommend using potassium based chlorides as they have some benefits to fish. For best results consult your local expert.
XYNYTH Manufacturing Corp.’s GroundWorks Natural Icemelter™ is a premium product, with all the benefits of tradition ice melters, but none of the risks: While traditional ice melters are toxic, dangerous, and damaging, GroundWorks™ is environmentally-friendly, safe on concrete, safe on lawns and landscaping, safe for use around children, and safe for use around pets.
Why? Because GroundWorks™ is made of potash (potassium chloride, or KCI) , a colorless crystalline solid or powder used widely in fertilizers and in the preparation of most potassium compounds. When pets come into contact with traditional ice melters, like calcium chloride for example, their paws are burned, and their eyes, noses and tummies are irritated. The same concern simply doesn’t exist if they come into contact with GroundWorks™ . In fact, potassium chloride is used for many things — we come into contact with it daily!
Potassium chloride is a plant nutrient and common agricultural fertilizer used by farmers worldwide that helps grow bigger, stronger plants with improved disease
resistance, increased resistance to stress from drought. In fact, using potassium chloride near plants, crops and landscaping can help to repair some of the damage caused by the over-application of sodium products over the years.
Home-owners and building managers use potassium chloride as an effective water softener to eliminate the calcium and magnesium in groundwater that cause soap scum and lime scale, and as such it is often present in our drinking water.People with cardiovascular disorders and those who want to avoid sodium, use potassium chloride as a salt substitute. And though it’s not considered as tasty as its less-healthy counterpart, it’s a food additive in many things we eat, including cheese, margarine, ice-cream, breakfast cereals, sweeteners, soups and broths, beer, and many processed/freeze-dried, and canned foods.
Because potassium is a mineral required for healthy physiology, it’s also an ingredient found in many over-the-counter and prescription medicines.
Potassium chloride is so safe that it’s a common alternative to traditional salt licks often put out for livestock including deer and horses. Popular pet food brands like Beneful®,Hill’s Science Diet®, Nutro® Natural Choice, Pedigree®, Purina®, Iams®, Eukanuba®, and Kibbles ‘n Bits® all include potassium chloride as an ingredient in a variety of their specialty foods.
Safe for crops, safe for plants, safe for soil, safe for concrete, safe for water, safe to eat . . . GroundWorks™ is the safest icemelter on the market.
So when the safety of the four-legged members of your family counts, choose GroundWorks™.
Ask for it at your local retailer today, or call Xynyth Manufacturing Corp. for more information. (1-800-MELT-ICE)
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