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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… 

 

Dogs, Pets, Easy Repair and Protection

Dogs, Pets, Easy Repair and Protection

They don’t call dogs man’s best friend for nothin! Dogs are the best – and so are the folks who care for them. First Saturday Lime is known as a safe and easy way to help:

  • deodorize
  • kill parasite larvae
  • repel insects including fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and more
  • prevent the growth of bacteria in places like water bowls
  • neutralize acid from urine
  • reduce the likelihood of harboring infections in equine environments
  • avoid pesticide use – incredibly important!

If possible, avoid pesticides entirely. Many pesticides can cause health problems for your pets, like drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, red and itchy skin, eye irritations, and respiratory problems. Think a little use if okay? Not really. Indirect contact has a big impact too. Pets often bring pesticides inside the house and their bedding by carrying it on their paws or fur.

In addition, our formula is a mineral with alkaline properties and naturally formed calcium so it’s also great for repair and restoration of:

  • urine damage to yards and lawns
  • calcium deficiencies in pets and animals

Note: Years of story evidence from around the world support that in small amounts, First Saturday Lime’s formula is safe for your animal to ingest. How much? Don’t set a bowl of it next to their food but don’t be afraid if some is left over after the applications listed below. Put it this way, it’s made primarily of calcium carbonate, which is regularly used to clean tap water.

How to clean pet housing and make pests run

Dog houses and kennels can become plagued of fleas and bacteria.  Use First Saturday Lime to clean your fur babies’ area while protecting them from any toxins and hazardous residue other cleaners can leave behind. 

 

What You’ll Need

  • 5 pounds First Saturday Lime
  • Clean bedding

Directions

  1. Remove pets and all bedding and debris from their housing area.
  2. Wash all blankets, pillows or other bedding materials separately.
  3. Sprinkle thin layer of First Saturday Lime over surface area.
  4. Wait an hour before letting your pet near the area.
  5. Sweep up the loose lime dust.
  6. Put down clean bedding. Note: don’t worry about left over First Saturday Lime dust – a small remaining amount acts as an insect repellent when used in bedding.
  7. Enjoy a clean, healthy space for your dogs and pets!

PRO TIP: You can also pour on the base on your fence to keep the neighbor dogs flees from transferring to your yard.

 

 

How to fix urine damage or pee spots on yards and lawns

Urine is on the acidic side, so when your dog uses the bathroom in the same spot it will burn your grass.  Luckily, First Saturday Lime is a base and a safe, effective way to balance soil pH levels so grass can grow healthy and strong!  

 

What You’ll Need

  • 5 pounds of First Saturday Lime
  • 1 lawn spreader (recommended for even application)
  • Water and water hose

Note: For optimal results, apply the directions below in the early evening to avoid scorching your grass.

 

Directions

  1. Load First Saturday Lime in your lawn spreader
  2. Set your lawn spreader to the LOWEST setting and apply one layer across the yardImportant: only apply a thin layer to the spots damaged on the lawn. Too much will prevent your lawn from being able to absorb the sun and damage your lawn.
  3. Thoroughly water the application area afterwards.

KEY TIP: Reapply monthly or whenever that familiar film or algae or moss appears in their water trough.

 

How to control moss and algae in water bowls

Clean, fresh water is critical to the health of pets and humans! Here’s how to avoid potentially dangerous algae and bacteria found in that familiar clear or even green layer of slime that thrives in direct sunlight and heat and forms in pet water bowls.

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Water
  • Clean water bowl

Directions

  1. Empty and thoroughly clean your pets water bowl.
  2. Fill the water bowl with fresh, clean water.
  3. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime over the surface of the water bowl.
  4. Reapply monthly or whenever that appears in their water bowl.
  5. Enjoy!

 

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Best Use of Lime for Ponds, Birdbaths and more

Best Use of Lime for Ponds, Birdbaths and more

Keeping your bird baths, ponds, or any standing water clean is paramount to your health. Learn how to guard your family.

The health risks of standing water are staggering.  According to the World Health Organization pools of standing water are a breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes or dragonflies. When the larvae or these insects are left undisturbed, these insects are left to grow into disease-transmitting adults.

Above: Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a cage at a laboratory in Colombia. (Ricardo Mazalan/AP)

 The Problem, The Solution This post provides the easy and effective steps to protect your family’s health by keeping water safe using First Saturday Lime. This not only benefits nature by keeping the balance of bacteria in the water, it also protects birds, wildlife, and your family from:

  • Malaria, a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • Dengue and Severe dengue, a virus that causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
  • Leptospirosis, an infectious disease caused by bacteria transmitted through mud or water contaminated by the urine of infected animals.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial from Yvonne, a member of our team.

A Word About Pond Water

Pond water pH should range between about 7.0 and 9.0 for ponds with common pond fish and plants. If pH is not in the optimal range, fish and plants will become weak and vulnerable to disease. However, you don’t need to use chemicals to control your pond’s pH. It can be done with more natural methods, like First Saturday Lime’s formula that do not cause the pH levels to swing too quickly and without intense side effects. Check out our post about testing your ponds pH levels by clicking here.

 

Easy Upkeep

In the warmer months, weekly water changes of 10 to 20 percent, where you remove 10 to 20 percent of the dirty water and replace with clean water treated with First Saturday Lime, will prevent pH problems in a pond. For colder months, monthly water changes tend to do the trick. Check standing water around your home at least once a week to ensure your family is protected and healthy. The birdies will thank you with more visits and song!

 

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