Tree Stewardship

Trees need your love and respect!  Volunteer with the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor to help mulch trees. You’ll be working with our Compost Ambassadors, who can tell you all about compost and composting in your community!

WHEN: September 30 | October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | November 5, 12, 19
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor, near the Heritage Farm and red barn

ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested here

Mulching with compost allows for moisture conservation by slowing evaporation and increasing the organic matter that can hold water.  Mulching also keeps temperatures more even, protecting your tree’s roots as we move through the seasons.  As the compost mulch decomposes, it improves soil fertility and structure. The nutrition in the compost releases slowly, giving roots delicious food through the season.  Of course, mulch also helps reduce unwanted plant growth around the base of the tree, reducing competition for that nutritious soil.

This is a great event for all ages and abilities!  We encourage every volunteer to bring your food scraps to our food scrap drop-off, so we can make more compost. Prepare to take home some compost to mulch your own trees.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

This program is made possible with funding provided by the New York City Council through A Greener NYC, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Snug Harbor thanks the Staten Island City Council Delegation for their generous allocations. This program is also funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Events on April 28, April 29, May 28, and June 24 are also supported by AGNYC and New York State Pollution Prevention Institution.

This program is also made possible in part with funding provided by the NYC Service Civic Impact capacity building grant.