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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
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.

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