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By Opc

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My husband has liberally thrown rock salt on the flower beds with my acer tree and snakehead fritillaries. Help please... how do I ensure it doesn’t kill them.

I have already tried to remove the excess and thrown plenty watering cans of water onto it.



How much rock salt did he throw onto the bed? Try to clean up as much as possible.

7 Feb, 2018


Try to scrape some of the surface soil away before the salt percolates further down. Maybe pouring water on it will take the dissolved salt deeper into the ground and so nearer the roots.

However, in the winter I don't think the tree will take up much water because it is dormant, so it could be all right.

7 Feb, 2018


Bad argument? Or, "Oops, I grabbed the wrong bag!"?
Either way, the remedy is to scrape up as much visible salt as you can manage, drag the hosepipe over, put a sit-down sprinkler on the end of it, and sprinkle the area long enough to put down at least 15 cm of water--it could take as long as 12 hours. A few watercans full will just make it worse.

8 Feb, 2018

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