Don't use salt to melt ice. Kitty litter does the job just as well without damaging anything.
Sprinkle unused kitty litter on icy sidewalks, steps, and stoops. It will melt ice like salt does, but won’t harm plants. It also keeps smooth surfaces from becoming slick from the melting water. Litter does cling to shoes, however, so keep mats at the entry doors for wiping feet.Margaret Shauers
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