Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe feed a tree into the chipper at MulchFest 2009
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Dead leaves and fallen branches are a rich resource for our City’s green spaces. Through two processes called composting and mulching, we can reuse this organic litter and minimize the amount of material we deposit into the trash. Fallen leaves, shrubbery clippings, and plants can naturally decompose into compost, a nutrient-rich, dark, crumbly material that helps improve soil health and provides essential nutrients to plants. Fallen tree limbs and branches can be chipped and turned into mulch—a wooded material that helps conserve soil moisture and moderate soil temperature.

Each January, NYC Parks plays host to MulchFest, a citywide event where New Yorkers in all five boroughs bring their holiday trees to local parks to be recycled into mulch.

There are a number of ways that you, too, can compost in your home, local park, or community garden.

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