Rock gabion walls have been popping up everywhere recently and are proving to be a must-have feature for your garden or backyard.
But what is a gabion wall? Although you may not know it, I can assure you that you’ve come across one before. The simplest way to put it… It’s basically the marriage between rocks and wire. Gabions are wire enclosures that can be filled with materials like rock or brick and are used a lot in landscaping to support earth walls and even to prevent coastal erosion on the beach. They have been around for thousands of years and were previously used by the military to provide an effective yet inexpensive retaining-wall system.
Nowadays, they’re most often seen in gardens and are versatile, meaning they can vary greatly in size and style. Not only are they extremely beautiful, combining a traditional yet modern and industrially chic look, but they also have many advantages.
- They are environmentally friendly and can knit your house and landscape together beautifully
- They can provide shade while still allowing cool air to flow through
- They are permeable and cannot be washed away or damaged by rain or flooding
- They are a great way to prevent soil erosion
- They are easy to install and can be very affordable
- They are strong and long-lasting
- They can be filled with recycled aggregate making them a sustainable option
Have a look at these gabion ideas for some inspiration. The options are endless!
So if you think a gabion could be that unique backyard design feature that you’ve been searching for, try contacting a landscape architect so they can let you know what would suit your space best. You can even try going through the countless DIY websites and videos for gabion features and you’ll be sure to find something that interests you.
Idea and photo source: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/95046885/list/see-10-elegant-ways-with-stone-and-wire