I live in a planned community... many of the side streets end in cul-de-sacs.
We have a circle in the center of our cul-de-sac... the circle is about 30' diameter surrounded by about 8 houses... I believe the circle is maintained by the county, however they do not beautify the circle and just let it sit to be overrun with garbage and weeds. So the neighborhood got together and landscaped the circle, providing shrubs, flowers, mulch, and lots of back breaking labor... resulting in a nicely landscaped location..
So I walked out to the circle a few days ago, and found it literally covered in road salt. There was a ice covering a few days back, which is why I'm assuming the salt trucks came... however they literally covered the circle in road salt. Very suspicious were two recently planted shtrubs that had mounds of road salt around them, (like you would put mulch). However none of the houses around the cul-de-sac had even a tiny particle of salt by the curb, driveways or front lawns... and they are only 20 feet away from the circle.
Anyway, the shrubs are all dying... hundreds of dollars of plant material and many dozens of hours gone.
My question.... I'm at a loss as to how to start..... where to complain, who should be responsible for repairing the damage... or can the damage even be repaired as the salt has already started saturating the ground.
I suspect this has been on-going for years as many plants have never bloomed or have died after planting, including marigolds, daffodils, hostas, sedum, germaniums and chrysanthemums.... all of whom thrive successful in the surrounding landscapes but not in the circle.. It just never was so obvious before now with a thick coating of salt on the ground and mounds of salt piled around the shrubs, most are at least 4 feet from the street curb.
Is the dept of highways deliberating doing this to kill plant growth on their weed patches which used to be thickly covered with thistles and dandelions during the summer, until the community decided enough was enough and landscaped the eyesore.
Is it some idiot worker who decides that salting a street after a light snow is so important that it justifies destroying landscapes, trees and shrubs. (we have plenty of idiots here if anyone needs a couple).
This is zone7 Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore
Your suggestions are appreciated .... many thanks in advance...