How to Stop Gabion Baskets Bulging

Below you will find different methods on how to stop gabion baskets bulging. 


  • Experience Required: Low
  • Tools Required: Protective gloves, Wire cutter, Pliers, Screwdriver
  • Materials Required:  Corner ties, Tying wire




  • Bulging usually occurs when gabion baskets warp out of shape due to thin wire, increased force on the face or choosing the wrong shape of stones.
  • This can be corrected by bracing the baskets with tying wire or by using corner ties.


Step 1) Start Filling 


  • Start filling the basket with stones until you reach 1/3.
  • Brace the gabions at 1/3 and 2/3 or at every 3rd hole vertically to prevent bulging.


Method A – Step 2) Make a Loop


  • Cut a piece of tying wire just over twice the length of the basket.
  • Make a loop from the back to the front and twist the ends together.


 Method A – Step 3) Twist the Loop


  • Start twisting the loop around itself with a screwdriver or a flat stone.


Method A – Step 4) Twist Until Tensioned


  • Twist until the wire is tight between the two sides of the gabion.


Method B – Step 2) Insert the Corner Tie


  • Hook the corner tie onto the 4th wire from each corner (symmetrically on both sides).


Method B – Step 3) Lock the Tie into Place


  • Twist the end of the hook around the corner tie.


Method B – Step 4) Twist the Other Hook


  • Twist the other hook as well.
  • Make several twists to ensure the tie is firmly anchored.


Method C – Step 2) Simple Tying Wire Method


  • Use a piece of tying wire slightly longer than the gabion’s length and connect the facing sides.


Method C – Step 3) Form a Loop


  • Form a loop and twist the end of the tying wire around itself until the cage is sufficiently tensioned.


Method C – Step 4) Finished Result


  • This is a quicker and easier method that can speed up the process of bracing.
  • We recommend using the first 2 methods for a more durable result.


Step 5) Repeat Steps


  • After you completed bracing the first 1/3 of the gabion, add a new layer of stones until you reach the next 3rd.
  • Repeat the steps of your preferred method.


Further Tips on How to Stop Gabion Baskets Bulging

  • Depending on your project, choose a suitable wire thickness steel basket (min. 4mm).
  • Choose interlocking rocks to achieve straight edge finish.
  • Try to position the flat surfaces of rocks against the basket walls.
  • Place the rocks manually in the cage to ensure straight edges and have a better control over organising the stones.



  • Don’t neglect the use of braces at 1/3 and 2/3 filling levels.
  • Avoid using low-quality or thin wire baskets.
  • Don’t forget about regular inspections and maintenance.





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Timi Schmidt

Timi runs social responsibility campaigns for Wire Fence, helping to raise funds for different charities month by month. She also loves to do DIY projects using whatever's at hand and share the results with the world.

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