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Christmas leaves: Brooklynites turn holiday pines to pulp at annual letting-go ritual

Christmas leaves: Brooklynites turn holiday pines to pulp at annual letting-go ritual
Leaving it all behind: Bruce Miller hoists his tree at Mulch Fest in Prospect Park on Jan. 10.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Christmas is officially over.

Brooklynites from across the borough made executive decisions last weekend and carted their space-consuming, needle-shedding, holiday-specific pine trees to nearby parks for Mulch Fest, that annual return-to-reality ritual that offers up the plants to the earth from whence they came, by way of a giant wood-chipper.

One Prospect Lefferts Gardens resident who turned his former apartment center-piece into municipal weed-blocker and fertilizer said that the event has become a tradition for him.

“I’m a gardener, so I appreciate being able to see my tree become compost and mulch instead of just seeing it tossed in the back of a sanitation truck,” said Bruce Miller.

Mulch Fest takes place at parks across the borough and allows tree donors to take home a bag of mulch each.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhuro‌witz@‌cnglo‌cal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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