Thank you very mulch! Brookylnites trade Christmas trees for compost

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Chippin in!: A Department of Parks and Recreation employee loads another Christmas tree into the wood chipper.
Bag it up: Leslie Granger grabs a bag of mulch at the 20th annual Mulchfest in Marine Park.
Fun for the whole family: In Bay Ridge, 6-year-old Aiden Breimoen, an avid gardener, got his parents Cynthia and John to bring him out to Owl’s Head Park to chip their Christmas tree into mulch.
Best job ever: Mike McCarthy with the Department of Parks and Recreation got to throw Christmas trees in a wood chipper all day.
Thank you very mulch: Cecile Nugent and Vinny McKeon show of the bags of mulch they grabbed.
Its raining mulch!: Martha Hamboussi and her son Jaden scoop up some mulch at Owl’s Head Park on Jan. 9.
It’s beginning to look less like Christmas: Jon LeBlanc and Diandra Sarno hauled their tree over to meet the chipper in Marine Park for Mulchfest, a citywide program through the Department of Parks and Recreation.

By Dennis Lynch

It was a chipper leaves-taking.

Brooklynites bid their Christmas trees goodbye by chucking the once-festive arbors into wood chippers during the city’s 20th Annual Mulch Fest on Jan. 9–10. The chips were flying around eight Kings County greenswards as the departments of parks and sanitation teamed up to crush the borough’s boughed rubbish into plant food for the city’s parks and gardens.

Workers let locals keep a few bags of their erstwhile decorations, a boon for one budding green thumb who got his parents to lug their log to Owl’s Head Park, a Bay Ridge mom said.

“It was my son’s idea to go — he has a garden in the backyard, so we picked up some mulch for that,” Cynthia Breimoen said of her six-year-old son. “It’s a great program — gives people a chance to clear out their Christmas trees and takes some of that work away from the sanitation department.”

Workers pulverized just over 30,000 trees citywide, slightly more than last year, according to a parks department spokeswoman.

Another Ridge gardener said she didn’t haul a tree, but she enjoyed the fruits of previous years’ labor.

“I’ve given my tree many times but never taken any before this year,” said Cecile Nugent, who went with her boyfriend Vinny McKeon. “We have just a small garden, so we each took two bags.”

The Department of Sanitation is taking trees left on sidewalks until Jan. 15.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 12:32 am, January 12, 2016
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