It turns out that Abscisic Acid, a stress hormone produced in the plant when it is exposed to drought or salty environments, is important in controlling the plant equivalent of fight or flight.
This salt intake will also kill the plant.
Common Symptoms of Salt Injury Damage mostly on the side of the plant facing the road or sidewalk Browning or discoloration of needles beginning at tips Bud damage or death. Through the roots and the cells of the grass and the plants being robbed of the water, the results are irreversible death of the area of the grass and plants.
These materials resist rapid decomposition and consequently improve internal drainage longer than cow manure or other fine materials.
It will be determined if grass growth is negatively impacted in the spring after a winter of salt compound applications. No endorsement of products mentioned is intended nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned.
Road crews often add rock salt as a preventative measure when wintry weather is predicted. There are some areas in Colorado where the combination of high salts and heavy clay soils preclude the planting of any turf variety without excessive costs.
Furthermore, the grass seems to be growing more slowly up to about 1 foot from the driveway.