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Dirt Driveways

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Michael M, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. Michael M

    Michael M Member
    Messages: 80

    I read that you shouldn't use salt on dirt driveways. Why? Thanks!
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 481

    Salt works best on blacktop. As the salt melts, the brine loosens the ice around the salt particales. On dirt roads the salt brine disaloves and sinks into the dirt. It still works but not as good as blacktop.
     
  3. ThisIsMe

    ThisIsMe Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 745

    Lot of times when you see a salted dirt road, you see just a lot of pinholes where the ice melts right through and nothing more.

    Waste of time and money really.
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2006
  4. Rickco

    Rickco Member
    Messages: 89

    The salt just melts right through the snow and ice in little spots and goes staight down.(Not very cost efective). It will also melt the frozen ground under the ice,Which is the last thing you want. On the dirt roads and drives that we do we only use sand with no more thav10% salt,just to keep the sand from becoming a solid block before we cav lay it down.