How to Use Tree Branches to Build a Compost Bin


Once you've made the decision to create a compost bin, your next decision will be what to use to build the bin. A compost bin can be as simple as a woven wire circle or can be as elaborate as using landscape timbers to create a bin that is pleasing to the eye. A compost bin does require turning and other regular maintenance, so the material used should be easy to manipulate and move when needed.

Step 1

Lay two tree branches diagonally on the ground, 3 1/2 feet apart.

Step 2

Lay two more branches across the ends of the branches, 1/2 foot from the ends of the branches.

Step 3

Continue to stack the branches, alternating sides until all branches are used to form a square. The final bin will be approximately 24 to 30 inches high.

Tips and Warnings

  • You can stack more branches on the bin if you want a taller compost bin. You can also use small tree trunks, under 8 inches in diameter, to stack the sides of your compost bin. As the years go by, your branch compost bin will begin to decompose and you will need to replace it. Shovel the decomposing branches into your new compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 four-foot long tree branches, 5 to 6 inches in diameter


  • "The Encyclopedia of Country Living"; Carla Emory; 2008
  • "The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It"; John Seymour; 2009
  • Duke University: Compost Guide
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