Build gabions yourself - what options are there?

Gabions have a variety of uses around the house and garden. There are not only different gabion types, but also different ways to build gabions. How to build gabions yourself, what options there are, and what to look for, read here.

Pre-assembled gabions

Many manufacturers deliver gabion baskets completely pre-assembled. On the top of the baskets there is often even a lid with hinges to fill the baskets after setting up easily.

This not only has advantages in setting up, but also in terms of safety: with baskets that have been pre-assembled, you can also assume that all connections between the baskets are safe and permanently stable. For self-built baskets you must pay attention to this point otherwise very carefully.

Gabions for self-construction

Some manufacturers also supply gabion elements for self-assembly. Before filling you have to put the gabions together first. This is done with simple wire connections, with which you connect the individual mats to baskets.

Always be very careful with this work and follow the instructions exactly. All subsequent stability of the gabion element depends on this step.

In many cases you can also freely configure gabions. You can specify the following elements for an individual order:

  • Length,
  • Width and
  • Height of each element
  • Mesh size (usually 5 x 5 cm or 5 x 10 cm, sometimes also changeable)

Not all combinations are always possible - especially the mesh size must be adapted to the stability. Of course, it should also be based on the filling material used later.

Homebuilding of a gabion

In most cases it is not worthwhile to build gabion baskets yourself. You would have to bring the galvanized wire mats to the correct length and edit the edges accordingly. You would need to create stable connections.
In practice, this is difficult and time-consuming. Here it is worthwhile to buy a fully or partially pre-assembled gabion, or - if necessary - to order a custom-made gabion basket.

Fence made of double rod mats

One exception to this is gabion fences. Here you can save some money by simply using prefabricated double rod mats instead of gabion elements, placing them in pairs and filling the gap with stones. You then only need to set the fence posts at regular intervals.

In terms of price, this could be a bit cheaper in some cases: for a double rod mat in the size of 250 cm x 65 cm, you will need around 25 - 30 EUR in construction bags. The current meter "Gabionenzaun" costs around 25 EUR. In addition there are the costs for the fence posts, as a rule, you have to reckon with between 10 EUR and 20 EUR per post.

filling

As with gabions, it is worthwhile to use spacers between the two fence rows at regular intervals. They serve to ensure that the fence elements do not bulge outward later due to the filling. In a gabion column, this risk is slightly lower due to the shape of the slurry.

Between the two erected fences they can then give rubble, natural stone or other filling material. However, it is often forgotten that they have a much larger particle size than the mesh size. This applies to every gabion wall and gabion wall.

stability

When you build such a double fence, you should always think about stability. Usually, the strength of such fences is sufficient to carry most fillers. But first make sure of that. You may also need to bring additional spacers. This is just as true as for the rocky

Price comparison between self-erecting fence and Fertg-Zaungabione

In order to examine the price advantage a little more, we want to compare both methods. As an example we should serve a 10 m long fence, which should be around 50 - 60 cm high.

elementeigenbauZaungabione
fence element8 x 25,95 EUR5 x 87,00 EUR on measure
fence posts8 x 12,68 EURnot necessary, with higher fence 12 x approx. 30 EUR = 360 EUR
spacer66 x 0,70 EURincluded
total cost355,24 EUR435,00 EUR

Then there are the costs for the filler. However, since these costs are the same for both variants of the "gabion fence", we did not consider them in comparison. As you can see, the cost savings compared to the "finished" variant is not particularly high. This could possibly cause stability problems and the entire construction is much more complex. Also Gabionenkörbe on measure are so priced relatively cheap.

Fence posts are not needed in this case to stabilize the gabions, the gabion baskets can be placed directly in the foundation and usually need no stabilization at this height. Only at higher fences fence posts should be placed at regular intervals (approximately at a distance of about 50 - 80 cm).

foundations

Gabions can be put on very different foundations. In addition to the post anchoring, compacted gravel beds, continuous concrete foundations or, in the case of lighter gabions, also simply unused pavement slabs can be sufficient as foundations. This is always dependent on the height and depth of the gabion.

Tips & Tricks

In any case, please note: Gabion baskets are allowed No way before the spirit level has been used to ensure that the baskets are perfectly level. This is especially true for home-made baskets!

Video Board: DIY Gabion Walls