Coconut Coir for Icy Paths

| 1/29/2018 10:36:00 AM

Tags: coir, icy paths, safety on ice, Celeste Longacre,

Winter can be tough. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and the leftovers from the weather can make it difficult to get around. Snow can be plowed and removed from the streets and sidewalks and sleet can often be shifted as well. But freezing rain makes a huge mess. If the weather stays cold, icy paths can become dangerous.

Salted sand is the traditional fix for slick situations. But this can stick to boots and wander into the house causing havoc with floors and rugs. And, if the weather warms above freezing, the sand sinks to the bottom leaving another slick surface when it re-freezes.

A better solution is coconut coir. It’s 100% organic, compostable, and utilizes a product that would be consigned to the discard pile otherwise. Big bags are available from garden and hardware stores for a reasonable price. The coir itself is fuzzy and light. If you keep it in the house, it will stay warm. Then, when dusted on the path, the ice will melt slightly and the coir will stick to it.

coir on the path

Its lightness also helps it to stay on top when the weather warms a bit. If a big puddle forms, it will fall to the bottom, but there are often days just a bit above freezing and the coir will stay in place.

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