We haven’t had to worry about this yet, but I thought it would be a good time to discuss it before it is needed. If you like to put salt and de-icer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants. Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants. However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice. In this case chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.