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how much salt ?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by nekos, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    im just asking out of curiosity so i don't need exact numbers or any thing. maybe a quick formula to help me understand how it work's ... how do you know how much salt to put down in a lot ?
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2005
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Figure roughly 500# per acre. Adjust for conditions.
  3. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,160

    Way to hard to tell. Your temp, snow cover, ice accumulations all play a role in how much you apply. 500lbs. would not nearly cover an acre they way I apply it.:eek: Maybe I apply too much? Charge them by the pound or the ton and you'll be fine. My customers know that the amount of salt varies greatly by conditions.
  4. GAULK

    GAULK Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    i have read 8-10 lbs per thousand, and double if there is ice. weather is the key to spreading salt
  5. me1223

    me1223 Member
    Messages: 70

    1lb /81sq.ft. (9sq.Yds.)
  6. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    Saw something interesting on the internet and I don't know where or how it was figured. I am not saying this is accurate. If it is accurate, it is interesting. At 30 deg 1lb of salt will melt 46lb ice. At 25deg 1lb salt only melts 14.5lb ice. 20deg 1lb melts 8.5lb. Big drop in effectiveness from 30 to 25deg. Point is this: The colder it is the more salt you need. Ground temps affect this. Sun and traffic and other factors also figure in. Many variables involved to give you a straight answer on this one.
  7. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    We use ~750lbs of Rock Salt per acre. ~475lbs of Rock Salt per acre if its treated with magic.
  8. Bounty Hunter

    Bounty Hunter Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Salt useage

    .02lbs/sqft. I use 800 - 1200 lbs/acre depending on the conditions. When I salt I want a little extra for the next snowfall.


    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Picture a smaller Wendys lot w/drive thru. I use 600 pounds for normal after plow salting. Between 700 and 800 if is freezing and wet.