It’s that time of year again when Brooklynites make their own mulch

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Second life: Brooklynites from all over the borough transported their holiday timbers to city parks to turn the firs into nutirent-rich mulch.
Doing their part: Brooklyn Parks commissioner Kevin Jeffrey along with his 11-year-old son Kameron and his 8-year-old son Kyle recycled their tree.
Doing their part: Jeffrey and his sons Kameron and Kyle say one last goodbye to their Christmas tree.
Last looks: Eco-friendly dad Ed Hardin, along with his 7-year-old son Jacob and and 4-year-old daughter Claire, take one last look at their tree.
Chop shop: Parks Department worker Jesus Mayia passed old Christmas trees through wood chippers at Mulchfest.
Grinded up: Parks Department worker Daniel Del Moral, Jr. got down and dirty pushing old holiday timbers through the grinder.
Fruits of their labor: Volunteer Stella Dujnic stands with a heaping pile of pines that will provide nutrients to make city trees grow strong.

On the 19th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me — lots of mulch!

The Brooklyn yuletide season came to its official close on Jan. 13 with the final day of MulchFest, a 17-year city tradition in which eco-conscious residents sacrifice their Christmas trees to wood chippers, giving evergreens new life in the form of fertilizer.

Hundreds of Brooklynites parted ways with their tannenbaums in the popular festivity held last weekend at greenspaces including Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Marine Park, McCarren Park, and Owl’s Head Park.

The heaping piles of mulch created at the event will be used as nutrient-packed food for flora in city parks, gardens, and street planters — and the pine-scented enrichment will help moderate soil temperatures, retain moisture, and fend off weed growth, according to the Parks Department, which organized MulchFest with the Department of Sanitation and the eco-focused GreeNYC program.

And all Brooklynites who donated arbors for the grinding got the chance to take home their very own bag of fresh mulch!

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 5:38 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
This reminds me of "Children of The corn".

Jan. 16, 2013, 11:04 am
ty from pps says:
Pat... WHAT?

You also have a problem with mulching christmas trees?
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:02 pm
Get a job Pat from Philly suburbs says:
He has a problem with Internet addiction getting in the way of work. Oh, but he owns tons of rental property and a pageant wife. Yeah right.
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:19 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
No. My tree got mulched by our municipality. The photos reminded me of the movie.
Chill out.

And my goddamn post. We own ONE property that consists of several units - the same property we bought when we gor married and held on to.

And my wife was involved in local pageants - when she was in her teens. That was a long time ago. She follows pageants.

As far as my employment goes - I was laid off Nov. 2, hence my daytime posts between home repairs and interviews.

I am glad to see you have time since you posted at 1:19 PM. Giving your wrist a break from j*rking off to "Brokeback Mountain"?
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:29 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I hate to ask this, but do you own pets? Are pets allowed in your units? Cats and small dogs? Pardon the interuption.
Jan. 16, 2013, 3:14 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:

We have three tenants (full occupancy). Two have small dogs. One had a dog. It died and she got a cat.

I have no trouble with pets so long as the tenants clean up after them and don't leave their deposits on the lawn or ruin the carpets.

BTW. I'm in South Jersey across from Philly and 35 minutes from Princeton.

We get 850 for a two bedroom with off street parking, basement storage and your own washer and dryer. We make very little profit, but the tenants are great, get along and keep the place neat.
Jan. 16, 2013, 5:31 pm
Get a job Pat from Camden, NJ says:
A homophobe to boot, keep up the good work, Pat.
Jan. 17, 2013, 12:14 am
Fingeling Van Gina from Hootersberry Park, NJ says:
Pat is right - you losers in Brooklyn are just hipsters! Here in Jersey the government buys and mulches our trees. Someone decorates them for us, and we sit on our fat azzes eating baloney sandwiches. I miss 70's Brooklyn, except for all the dangerous blacks.
Jan. 17, 2013, 6:20 am
Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
We need to bring in herds of free-range elephants to eat the trees, like they do in Germany. Like yah !
Jan. 17, 2013, 12:22 pm
Hipster Hater from Haterville says:
Why don''t we turn all the hipsters into mulch? That way they would finally be good for something. Their shaped like stick anyway, should be easy just to feed them into a wood chipper.
Jan. 17, 2013, 12:30 pm

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