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Symptoms of Salt Damage

January 3, 2023

Symptoms of salt damage

Damage to foliage, primarily on the side facing the road or sidewalk

Discoloration of needles beginning at tip

Bud damage and/or death

Delayed bud break

Reduced or distorted leaf growth

Wilting and/or discolored foliage

Fewer/smaller leaves than normal

Early leaf drop and/or premature fall color


How to mitigate salt damage

Reduce de-icing salt use or use alternatives

Irrigate soil with water to wash away salt from the roots

Wash foliage with water as often as possible

Wrap in burlap to protect foliage from salt spray

Plant salt tolerant tree species