You Won’t Believe What Could Be Under Your Christmas Tree This Year

You Won’t Believe What Could Be Under Your Christmas Tree This Year

What’s Christmas like in your house? With two young kids, Christmas is always a big deal for us. And it’s one of my favorite times of year, too. I love seeing friends at holiday parties, having the family over for Dirty Santa, and decorating the tree with my kids. If you get a real tree, however, you risk decking the halls with some unexpected ornaments! Many insects call these trees home, and without the right precautions, you’ll bring them right into your living room.


A lot of them are too small to see, but they’re there. Aphids, spiders, mites, and bark beetles are the most common. Some tree farms and distributors will spray trees with pesticides to get rid of the critters, but these have been known to cause adverse reactions in sensitive skin. And if you’re like me, the thought of dragging chemicals into the house isn’t too appealing.


Since starting Saturday Lime, we’ve added a new holiday tradition: treating our tree with First Saturday Lime before we bring the tree inside. First Saturday Lime works as a desiccant, drying out insects, their eggs, and their larvae. Treating plants this way is 100% non-toxic and safe for you, your kids, and your pets. The insects will flee from the drying effects of the limestone, and the eggs and larvae left behind will dehydrate and die. Treating our tree with First Saturday Lime makes me confident enough to bring the tree inside our house. It only takes a few steps, and your kids can help too.


Steps for a Bug-Free Tree:

  1. Before you bring the tree inside, give it as much of a shake as you can to knock off any larger insects.
  2. Prop the tree up and sprinkle a generous amount of First Saturday Lime from trunk to tip. (My kids love doing this part!) If you watch closely, you may see the bugs scatter.
  3. After 1-2 hours, shake the tree off so you don’t bring any dust into the house.
  4. Voila! Bug free tree.


From the First Saturday Lime family, Merry Christmas! Now if only there was something for all those pine needles… 


Control moss and algae in water bowls, pans and toughs

Control moss and algae in water bowls, pans and toughs

The American Association of Poultry says a critical “prime” element of poultry health is clean water that’s free of microbial contamination – especially because they consume water at twice the level of feed. But, the truth is, the same can be said of animals and human health.

In general, keeping water clean is basic prevention against potentially dangerous algae and bacteria. But extra help from nature is welcomed and necessary year round – not just the summer months. Keep reading to learn an easy way to protect life and avoid that familiar layer of scum-like-slime that thrives in direct sunlight and heat and grows algae or moss in pet and animal water sources. Before you know it, you’ll have a much healthier, odor free water bowl your animals will enjoy much more!

 What you’ll need

  • First Saturday Lime


  1. Empty and clean your animal’s water bowl, pan or trough thoroughly.
  2. Once clean, add fresh clean water.
  3. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime over the surface of the water bowl, pan or trough. 
  4. Enjoy!

Key Tip: Reapply monthly or whenever a film, algae or moss begins to appear in their water pan.

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