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Exciting News @ Your Tree (Mulch!)

30 Dec

Updated January 3, 2018  The BOD and the office have arranged to have a mulching machine on site to chomp up and recycle our Christmas trees on Sat Jan 6th!  This is great aspen_001-1news for our soil —and our children’s safety. Mulch is the primary safety surfacing for play area playground and protects against potentially fatal head injury from falls. (See US Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines here). As you may know, mulch is a valuable and sustainable resource for ground cover, as it protects soil, helps the ground absorb water, helps reduce local runoff and soil erosion at the same time it insulates the roots of plants and suppresses weeds without the use of toxic pesticides.

Bring trees to the compactor room in your building. Parents and gardeners, please lend a hand moving mulch from the truck to the play area around 11am. 

Finally, please spread the word. Onsite mulching is only cost effective when used on a high volume of trees. The more CV residents who contribute to this campaign, the better the use of resources and, IMO, the better chance we’ll be able to repeat this experiment. Plus, it will SMELL GREAT! Thank you!  –Denise, mom to Benji, and the Core Garden Group

Related:  Child Safety Surfacing, What It Means to Be A 245-4Garden Member





Mulchfest = Free Child Safety Surfacing + Soil Protection

28 Dec
mulchfest-treecycle-1  Sharing this information from the NYC Parks  Department… Upcycle your tree if possible, please! The resulting mulch could go to good use in our play area, nourishing our soil and plants and protecting our kids from head injuries (the untreated wood chips and mulch serve as safety surfacing around the slide and climbing wall, but only if we maintain a whopping 9 inches depth by replenishing it several times a year). Families: if you haven’t contributed your two-three bags of mulch to the play area, now is a great time. Thanks! –Denise

Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!
Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC  to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!
How to ‘Chip In.’
This year, MulchFest will take place on January 10 and 11, 2015. It’s easier than ever to chip in! There are two ways you can help.
Chipping Locations
You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!
Drop Off Locations
Or you can bring your tree to a drop-off site from Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 11. Leave your tree with us, and we’ll recycle it for you later! The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections  for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Monday, January 5, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015.

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