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24 July 2013

The Best Methods of Using Rock Salt

Rock Salt, otherwise known as Halite, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride (NaCl). Halite tends to be white of grey in colour but its colour can change depending upon the impurities that are in it. Halite is known for its wide use during severe cold weather but Rock Salt has many more uses that are often forgotten.


Rock salt is most famous for its use during the winter months against ice and light snow. Rock salt is frequently spread across areas that people don’t want to become frozen over such as roads, driveways and footpaths; the Halite mixes with the snow to create brine, this lowers the temperature at which freezing occurs making it more difficult for ice to form.  Rock salt is also used to melt or weaken thin layers of ice and snow so that they can be removed by other methods such as a shovelling or melting naturally. Even if the rock salt does not melt the ice, it provides traction making journeying through the ice an easier task.


Rock salt can also be used throughout the garden in the more pleasant seasons such as spring and summer. Rock salt is an effective deterrent against weeds that may sprout up around your garden as sprinkling a small amount of salt on a stubborn weed will dry the plant out and therefore kill it. Large amounts of salt will prevent the weeds from growing again over a long period of time, but it doesn’t just affect weeds, if you use too much salt you will put the health of your other plants at risk as they too can die from excess salt consumption.



Halite is one of the ingredients that can be used to repair snail holes in your garden. If you find that your premises are being invaded by snails or slugs you can fill the holes that they are coming in through using a mixture of rock salt and corn-starch. The corn-starch will plug the hole better than the salt alone could, but the salt will discourage the slugs and snails from attempting to enter.



Due to the drying effects that brine and rock salt have they are widely used as a method of preventing mould from growing or from developing further. To stop mould from growing in your outbuildings or garage place a few table spoons of rock salt into a small bucket of warm water. Once the salt has dissolved within the water soak a cloth into the solution, remove excess water from the cloth and daub the affected area with the cloth. Allow the room to air so that the wall will dry completely. The salt that is left behind when the water evaporates will prevent the growth of mould and other bacteria.


There are many other methods for using Halite within your garden and also within your home, if you’re looking for more information on rock salt or are interested in purchasing rock salt for your household needs get in touch with us at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:21
9 July 2013

How to Use Sand in and Around your Garden Successfully

Sand is underrated when it comes to taking care of your garden and maintaining other aspects of your premises. Sand can aid in drainage of water through your soil, fill in small holes that may appear in the walls of your outer buildings and aid in the prevention of growing weeds. Here are a few tips on how you can use sand to your advantage in and around your garden.


Sand is a cheap and easy method of improving water drainage within your soil. The sand prevents the soil from clumping together which allows water to drain through without hindrance. However, be careful not to add too much sand to your soil as it can cause water to drain too quickly leaving your plants without enough water even after heavy rainfall or large amounts of watering. Adding sand to your soil also makes it easier for your plants to extend their roots as the roots aren’t prevented by thick soil.


Filling in small holes in the outer walls of buildings requires the use of sand as part of the mixture that makes mortar. The majority of mortar is made using 3 parts sand, 1 part cement and the rest is made up of water. This is another reason as to why sand is particularly useful in maintaining aspects of your premises as without holes in the walls of your buildings you are less likely to land yourself in a tricky situation with damp that may lead to the growth of mould.



A fact that many don’t know is that sand can be used as a method of preventing weeds from growing in your garden. Weeds find it incredibly difficult to grow in sandy soil as well as soil that is heavy with clay. So to prevent weeds from growing in the soil of your flowerbeds or just in general it’s best to mix sand into your soil. When adding sand to your soil try not to disturb plants that are already growing as this may impede their growth rather than the growth of weeds.


Large amounts of sand within your soil allows organic matter to decompose much quicker than it would in ordinary soil. This means that your soil is richer and better fertilised as leaves and other garden debris will rot faster. Richer soil is better for the growth of your plants and will make up for the rate at which water seeps through the soil.


If you’d like to learn more about how to use sand within your garden or the best types of soil for your plants you could visit your local garden centre for inspiration or enquire at their help desk. For more information on sand and other aggregates get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop, we would be more than happy to help you.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:15

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