Through composting, you can dispose of yard waste while creating a soil amendment that will improve the fertility and the physical condition of your soil. Composting--encouraging the natural decomposition process under controlled conditions--does not require elaborate equipment. You can make a simple compost-holding unit of wire mesh with only a modest investment of time and materials. Made without posts, this 3-foot-wide unit can be lifted up to remove usable compost at the bottom of the pile while leaving the unfinished compost in the bin.
Trim the ends of the hardware mesh to remove any edges that could poke or scratch hands. Make all the ends flush with a cross wire. File each cut edge to make the finished product safe for opening and closing.
Cut about five 2-inch lengths of the heavy wire. Bend the hardware cloth into a circle and use the wire pieces to wire the hardware cloth circle closed. Stick a wire piece through both ends and twist it closed with the pliers.
Set your compost holding unit where you want to keep the compost. For example, place it near your garden if you plan to use compost on the garden. A shaded location is best, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Don't place the unit on a low spot where water might stand.