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Pre-treat driveway???

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by aarmorshield, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. aarmorshield

    aarmorshield Junior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 5

    Hi,

    I have a fairly steep (but full sun exposure) driveway. It is crushed stone (not blacktop). Is there anything I can put on it ahead of snow to minimize the snow accumulation.....and/or help accelerate the melt when the sun comes out???

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    We would calll that anti-icing and yes if you put straight salt down on your gravel it will help.
     
  3. aarmorshield

    aarmorshield Junior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 5

    Thanks. Is there any particular brand that I can buy in "most" locations....that you would recommend?? Or are they all the same??
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Rock salt is rock salt, buy the cheapest stuff you can find. The only draw back is it will take the frost out of your driveway and make it harder to plow.
     
  5. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    good point JD! I wouldn't have thought it would take the frost out of the ground, on a gravel drive. :cool:
     
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    It will but it depends how much you put on.
     
  7. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    If it gets real cold,say 20* or colder,you could run Magic Salt,which has a much lower freeze point than straight salt.It's a little pricey{by me it's now $135 a yard},but either as a pre-treat or after a plowing,it's great stuff.I wouldn't worry about a very slight defrosting effect on your gravel driveway,it will hardly be noticeable,if at all.Magic also makes salt non corrosive and won't harm your vegetation.