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TRIB TOTAL MEDIA SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 · 7 Be mindful of plants, animals when de-icing As we get closer to winter, it’s a sure bet that snow and ice is in our future. Most people will have to use some sort of ice-melting product this winter. If you are a concerned pet owner or gardener, meaning you don’t want to bring harm to your pets or any plants or grass with an ice melter, then use a non-toxic icemelting product, such as Safe Paw. Safe Paw is the only 100 percent salt-free ice melter on the market, and it is 100 percent safe for pets, children, surfaces, and the environment. Safe Paw’s pellets are green, to make it easy for consumers to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based melters. No other ice and snowmelter works like Safe Paw. Safe Paw is a patented dual-effect compound made of a modified crystalline amide core infused with special glycol admixture and traction agents. This composition gives Safe Paw a two-way, time-released action. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking surface tension. This allows the crystal-core to penetrate and destabilize ice, which speeds up melting. All this while proprietary traction agents provide slip protection. Safe Paw gives you another advantage. Unlike other products, Safe Paw attracts solar heat to provide extra melting power during daylight hours. Once Safe Paw has melted the ice and snow, it leaves an invisible “shield” that prevents ice from sticking to surfaces for up to three days. This “Teflon effect” makes shoveling easier. Safe Paw has several other unique characteristics. Keep in mind that Safe Paw is highly concentrated. You don’t need to use as much Safe Paw as salt or other ice melters. One unique feature of Safe Paw is it retains heat better than other ice melters. It should be stored indoors, at room temperature, to ensure maximum performance. A good idea is to spread Safe Paw before winter precipitation. This will create a barrier that prevents ice from bonding to surfaces for about 3 days. If there is accumulation within that period, you won’t have to chip away at underlying ice when shoveling. If black ice is present, then Safe Paw, just like other ice melters, sometimes need a little assistance. The assistance isn’t much. Just scratch or roughen black ice with a shovel before applying Safe Paw. Once the surface tension is broken, Safe Paw will go to work. Safe Paw is also a great traction agent. Keeping a jug in the car can help you get out of a slippery situation. If your car gets stuck in snow or ice, clear the ruts and sprinkle Safe Paw around the tires to increase traction. Applying excessive amounts of Safe Pawmight lead to the browning of grass or temporarily coloring surfaces. If this occurs, reduce the amount of Safe Paw you are using and follow these steps: If grass browns, water the affected area and hold off on fertilizing. Let nature take its course. The color should return by the end of spring. Surface coloring from overuse is temporary and will fade over time when exposed to water and sunlight. To speed up the fading, process use a mild detergent. Dave Vargo is the owner of Arnold Feed & Garden Center (724-335- 1821) and Kiski Plaza Garden & Feed Center (724-845-8201). Products mentioned in the article are available at either garden center. Any questions, call or email dvargokiski@comcast.net. Like us on Facebook @kiskigardencenter. GARDENING T GARDENTIP: Safe Paw is salt-free and enviromentally safe, so don’t be afraid to use it on walkways with a landscaped or turf border, because it won’t hurt your plants or grasses.You can use Safe Paw anywhere you are concerned about ice, including roofs, gutters, cars, stairs, decking and flooring. ByDave Vargo For Trib ToTal Media ALEXI MAXIMENKO | ADOBE IMAGES Pets and plants alike can be put at risk by salts and other chemicals in most store-bought ice-melting products. Safe Paw is a salt-free product recommended by Dave Vargo to keep gardens, pets, children and your surfaces safe and ice-free during the winter.


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