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RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1631 - 1 msg

  • Subject: [cg] RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1631 - 1 msg
  • From: "Kirby, Ellen" ellenkirby@bbg.org
  • Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 14:43:04 -0500
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  • Thread-topic: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1631 - 1 msg

Christmas Tree Mulching in NYC

Our community horticulture program here at Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
Brooklyn GreenBridge will be co-sponsoring a Christmas Tree mulching day
on Sat. Jan. 10 from 11 Am-3 PM at Green-Wood Cemetery, entrance at 25th
Street and 5th Avenue,  near Sunset and Prospect Parks in Brooklyn.  Our
Master Composters will be on hand to give out information about
composting and will explain the best ways to use the mulch.  

Mulch is free to the public to take home on a regular basis (8AM-4PM
daily, year round).  Last year we started this program with a grant from
the NYC City Council for our Waste Free NYC project in organic
recycling.

Green-Wood Cemetery, the final resting place for such notables as
Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed and  Louis Comfort Tiffany (as well as
Billy the Butcher from Gangs of NY fame), is one of the oldest public
cemeteries in the US and was the prototype for many of the parks
designed by Olmsted.  It covers nearly 300 acres and is one of the most
beautiful green spaces in NYC. So, it's quite nice to now have their
sponsorship with us of this annual feel-good event.

THE NY City Dept. of Sanitation will pick up trees curbside for
recycling but over 1/3 will be "contaminated" with lights and ornaments.
At our event, we will have volunteers stripping all the trees of such if
necessary so they can be recycled.

I also have written a tip sheet on Using Christmas Tree Mulch if anyone
wants to see it.  Our BBG website: www.bbg.org has lots of good info
about Christmas trees. I can send you the tip sheet if you request if
from me at ellenkirby@bbg.org

Thanks to those who shared ideas/concerns.  This will be helpful in our
work to keep Brooklyn green.

Ellen Kirby

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  1. Re: Mulching Xmas trees/pea brush (Don Boekelheide)

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Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 11:19:30 -0800 (PST)
From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Re: Mulching Xmas trees/pea brush

Hi, all,

What Libby says holds true for warmer climes, too,
where 'pine straw' is in some ways our most convenient
mulch for woodies (weed-free, holds up well  - only
problem is that voles like to live in it, and rats downtown...).

I've also used Xmas trees for pea brush, a technique I
really like, but I admit I like leafless branches from deciduous trees
better (beech is my favorite, if I have to do any trimming or after-ice
storm clean up). Pea brush is free, no purchased stakes, no string,
looks interesting, easy to compost or mulch with after... Excellent CG
and home technique.

Happy New Year,

Don Boekelheide
Charlotte NC (nice warm-ish Zone 7B)

Libby writes:
 
> Actually, in colder climates, Christmas tree
> branches make great mulch.
> 
> I "prune" all the trees left out on our block for
> the City's tree
> recyclying program, and use the branches in my yard.
> In the spring, I 
> put all the branches on my raspberry bed to add to
> the permanent 
> mulch, but I used to use them as pea brush before I
> began growing 
> snap peas on a trellis.
> 
> One can also build all sorts of neat furniture, e.g. headboards,
> benches with the trunks.
> 
> But Bill is quite right, "Recycle that Christmas
> tree."
> 
> Happy Holidays,
> 
> Libby




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