Set up gabions - you have to be careful

Gabions are quick and easy to set up - which makes them clearly superior to fences, hedges and walls. However, there are some things that you must be aware of when setting up gabions. What is important in this regard, read in detail in this post.


Of course, you must first determine a location for the gabions. Depending on the height and width of the gabion, the requirements for the load-bearing capacity of the substrate vary. You do not have to worry about

  • herbal spirals
  • borders (such as for high ponds or water barrels)
  • small gabions for plants

Even if heavy stones are filled here in large quantities, the carrying capacity of a subsoil is certainly not exceeded. For other gabions, however, make sure that you place them correctly, put them in the right place and also anchor them as far as possible. A complete Einbetonieren the gabion is superfluous.

Planning the Foundation

A concrete foundation is mandatory on all gabions

  • higher than 100 cm (usually post fixation is sufficient)
  • narrower than 30 cm

In most cases you will not need a continuous foundation like a stone wall Strip foundation and post attachment are usually sufficient. You should install a gabion pillar on every FAll, with the gabion fence this is not always absolutely necessary.

Fertiggabione or homebuilt gabions?

Finished parts have the advantage that after filling you only have to fasten the cover. The rest is already delivered ready assembled. For self-made gabion baskets, you have to make the connections between the individual parts yourself and assemble the gabions according to the assembly instructions. The assembly of the gabion can often mean a lot of work, in addition, the compounds are often less stable than itself in the case of Fertiggabionen (depending on the manufacturer). The instructions for the construction is often not very complicated, and to build properly, it usually requires no special tool.

Select filling material

The size of the filling material always depends - of course - on the mesh size of the gabion basket. For small stones and especially gravel you need very close-meshed baskets.
A good measure of the suitability of the filling materials for gravel is the so-called grain size. It indicates how big the smallest and how big the largest pieces are with the gravel. For example, grain size 0/32 means different stones between 0 and 32 mm in diameter.

Tips & TricksA very cost-effective filling is, for example, simple chalk gravel. It is the cheapest gravel variety, which is also available almost everywhere on a regional basis. This will make filling your gabion much cheaper.
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