– 1x 97.5cm long gabion basket will be included in your pack for every 97.5cm length of gabion wall ordered.
– Helicals will be included so you can attach the corners and lids for all gabion baskets in your order. Helicals are 1m long so if your gabion baskets are under 1m, you will need to cut the helicals to size with a hacksaw or wire cutters.
If required, geotextile can be ordered separately.
Fold the lids down and close your baskets with the helicals provided in the kit.
Step 10 – Finished Project
Your freestanding gabion wall is now ready!
Step 1 – Identify the location
Use spray paint, stones or other materials to mark the location where you plan to construct your wall.
Step 2 – Dig
Regulations state that retaining walls should start at 50cm below ground. However, gabion walls lower than 1m are often placed directly on the ground or at a shallower depth. Digging between 10cm-50cm or until the ground is firm, such as clay instead of the topsoil should be adequate.
Step 3 – 6 Degree Slope
If you are retaining a lot of earth, the trench should have a 6-degree slope leaning back. If you are retaining a small amount of earth such as a garden bed or the wall is mostly decorative, you can maintain an upright edge instead of a 6 degree slope if you prefer.
Step 4 – Add Gravel
Add a 10cm layer of gravel or basecourse on top of the soil.
Step 5 – Compact Gravel
Walk and stomp on the gravel to make it compact.
Step 6 – Geotextile
Cover the bottom and back of the gabion baskets with a geotextile or weed mat to prevent soil, earth, and weeds from clogging up behind the wall.
Optional – Concrete Foundation
Most low-level gabion walls do not require a foundation but if you have a large amount of groundwater or the soil is weak, it may be needed.
Step 7 – Unfold the Baskets
Unfold and lift up the sides of the baskets.
Step 8 – Join the Cages
Assemble and attach the baskets together with the helicals included in the kit.