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A Surprise Use for the Master Gardener!
You may think you’ve completely mastered your Master Gardener sprayer – don’t worry, we’re not questioning you! – but did you know that the Master Gardener sprayer can be used for something other than applying fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides to plants? Did you know that you don’t have to pack up your sprayer at the end of summer? Interested? We thought so!


Deice with the Master Gardener!

Designed with robust, heavy-duty 12 inch wheels, making it the perfect sprayer for use on a wide range of rugged terrain to help you cover more ground. Compatible with common chemicals used for pre-treating and melting ice. Recommended for use in deicing driveways, entryways, parking lots and sidewalks, prior to snowfall to ensure maximum de-icing efficiency.

Choosing the Right Deicing Formula

The key to ensuring maximum effectiveness in deicing is choosing a formula that works with your environment. We compiled a list some of the most common salt compounds found in deicing solutions so that you can make an informed decision on which is most effective for your needs.

It’s important to note that these combinations of salt may be considered toxic when used in excess, as they release chloride when in use. No matter the type of salt you choose, it is imperative that you follow the recommended usage guidelines in order to prevent harm to plants, animals and surfaces.


Salt Compound Lowest Temperature Threshold
Calcium Chloride -20°F
Magnesium Chloride -10°F
Sodium Chloride 15°F

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provides useful information on how salt works, as well as an overview of different deicing chemicals. Refer to the articles below for more information.

How Salt Works and Overview of Deicing Chemicals

Summary of Properties of Deicing Agents


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