Mulch Cube




About: I was pfred1 but moved, changed my email address, and lost my password. I suppose worse things could happen.

I made a pair of these back when I lived on a little postage stamp of land in the suburbs. They worked great there so I am showing the remains of one today. The frames are made out of 10 foot long lengths of half inch diameter EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) that you can get at any home center. I bent them up using an EMT bender, then MIG welded the butt ends together. The chicken wire is tied on with tie wire.

So bend your frames, weld them up, roll out your chicken wire on the ground, toss frames onto it, wire chicken wire to frames, and enjoy!

The last picture in my series is my new mulch setup. Which I like to call throw it into my woods. This is just the beginning of leaf season here. By the time I'm done that pile will get about 20 feet tall!

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    I have buuilt some squares from planks, but this seems like a valid idea! And as it happens I even have some scrap tubes lying around at the moment. Shall do this!

    Removing the leaves from your lawn removes also phosphorus which was with extracted with great effort from the underlying dirt. Nitrogen can be had from the athmosphere but P needs to be added through some way. Im all for composting but not the stuff on your lawn :). Mow it down and let the earthworms suck the stuff back in the dirt.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Welding galvanized tubing can create hazardous fumes. You might want to mention that for readers who are not familiar with welding.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm still standing. A little metal fume fever never hurt anyone. I guess too much will kill you though. Gonna die anyways. The arc is more harmful. I've burnt myself up not wearing protection and welding EMT, that was on another project though. So no, I haven't mentioned any safety considerations at all welding, people can get plenty of that elsewhere. I am just offering the design here.

    Probably a good idea not to stick your finger into the molten metal puddle too. Don't lick the stinger while you have the ground clamp on your earlobe, I know it's tough because electricity tastes so good!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    On what authority do you base your claim that a little fume fever never hurt anyone?

    What risks you take with your own health and safety are none of my concern. I was not suggesting that you include a comprehensive review of welding safety. I only thought it wise to mention the risks of welding galvanized metal.

    Many of the people who visit this site are inexperienced with the techniques and technologies described. That's why most of the projects are preceded with safety precautions. Your dismissal of safety concerns is incompatible with the zeitgeist of Instructables. Be smug if you wish, but it will only serve to erode your credibility as a contributor.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    From time to time a little hazardous here
    and a tiny bit of carcinogen there
    some mild toxin - saves you welfare.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I found these cubes to be very flexible in use. They are perfect for normal suburban living, something I don't do anymore, but when I did I appreciated these.