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Bagged Ice Melt Application Rate

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by HeartlandOKC, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. HeartlandOKC

    HeartlandOKC Member
    Messages: 30

    I'm in OK and use bagged ice melt for all applications because we only get 2-3 storms a year. No reason to mess with bulk.

    The ice melt I got this year is Mears Trail Blazer Ice Melt 50lb. bags.

    As you can see the label says 2-4 ounces per square yard or 2-4 ounces per 9 square feet.
    --to make it easy we'll say 1 ounce per 3 square feet.
    --16 ounces in a pound so 800 ounces in a bag.

    The parking lot I'm trying to estimate for is 275,000 square feet.
    --so 275,000 / 3 = 91666.66 ounces needed
    --91666.66 / 800 ounces for a bag = 114.58 bags

    115 bags seems like a ridiculous amount for this property. I was thinking around 30 bags. How far do your 50 lb. bags usually go? If I go off what the bag says these will go 1800-3600 square feet.
  2. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    You are trying to apply bagged product to 6.5acres? That should be like 3ton worth of salt.
  3. HeartlandOKC

    HeartlandOKC Member
    Messages: 30

    Ya... Not ideal. I know. Like I said bulk isn't possible here.
  4. woodking

    woodking Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    115 bags at 50 lbs per bag would be 5750 lbs of salt yes about 3 tons of salt sounds about right to me
  5. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    that's going to be one sore back from load those bags in the spreader! :cry:
  6. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 851

    If you have a in bed spreader why not just go to the salt depot when you need to salt and have them load you directly. Even if you have to buy a truck bed spreader it will save you money instead of having to buy all that bagged product and load it.