Use landscape timbers and rebar to create a sturdy 2 bin compost system. Use it to collect yard waste and save you valuable trips to the landfill. You can save time, gas and have great compost to use in the garden afterward.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Before beginning its best to make sure you have the necessary tools to get the job done. These are all the tools that I used to build and install the compost corral. Everything is pretty self-explanatory at this point.
As far as materials are concerned, I purchased 19 8-foot landscape timbers, 6 4-foot sections of rebar, and 6 concrete footers. The total price came to about $240. I know this is pricey and this corral is probably over built. Taking into account the time, gas and money saved having to take a truck down to landfill every time we bag our grass clippings or cut some branches, I think it is worth it.
Step 2: Site Preparation
You will want to find or make level ground in an area of 8 foot by 4 foot. Remove any debris, gravel, etc until you have reached bare ground. Dig and rake the ground until it is level. Think about the placement of the compost corral so that it is convenient to use and out of sight. We installed ours close to the house but made sure to maintain at least 6 inches between the compost corral and the siding to allow for air flow and prevent mold. We'll see how well that works.