I know it's not universally traditional to keep a Christmas tree through Three Kings Day, but here's a good reason to do so (with plenty of watering!).
For those who enjoyed the scents and sights of a freshly (or within several weeks) cut tree in your home this season, here's your chance to make its life worth just a little more. Mulchfest is here! It's this coming Saturday and Sunday (January 10th and 11th) from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Sunset Park is a drop off only location for Mulchfest, but if you want to watch them chip up your tree or pick up some mulch for yourself, Owl's Head Park is the closest location. Green-Wood Cemetery also has a drop off only location. Check out the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation site for more information.
Please remember to remove your tinsel, ornaments, lights, and other baubles prior to bringing your tree to be made into mulch!
And if you would rather just leave it on the curb, that begins January 5th and continues through Friday the 16th. Naturally, the day to leave your tree would be prior to your block's pick-up days.
from the NYC DOS press release:
Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments
from holiday trees before they are put out at curbside for removal. Trees
must not be placed into plastic bags. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees
that are left at the curb between Monday, January 5th and Friday, January
16th will be collected, chipped, and made into compost. The compost will
be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball fields, and
community gardens throughout the city.