Gabion mesh, welded or woven, is used to make Gabion baskets. Gabions have a variety of different applications. They are mainly used for stabilising retaining walls where the movement of earth is a problem.
Gabion mesh baskets, filled with rocks, provide a perfect solution to erosion of river banks and reservoir walls. They are also widely used by landscape gardeners who use them creatively for water and garden features.
Gabion mesh baskets in landscaping
As any professional landscape gardener will tell you, if you are going to create a feature that is exposed to the elements, it needs to be durable. Retaining walls, water features and even garden furniture can be created with gabion mesh baskets and they look stunning.
However, the stones or rocks used to fill the baskets must be the right size. If they are too small they will fall out of the apertures in the gabion mesh.
The apertures between the steel mesh cross beams vary considerably. They can be shaped in circles, squares and diamonds to name a few. Check with your gabion mesh manufacturer which shapes are standard since manufacturers’ preferences vary too. Ask about bespoke baskets if you want apertures in a specific design for your project.
At Siddall & Hilton our standard size mesh apertures are 76.2mm (3 inches). We use between 3mm and 5mm diameter Galfan wire to create the mesh because of its excellent corrosion resistant properties.
Aesthetics and strength
In your travels you may have seen chicken mesh on cliffs or hills where movement is likely. It looks a mess and needs replacing often. If aesthetics and strength are important issues don’t use chicken mesh! This type of mesh is prone to bend out of shape and move, allowing the rock and earth to manipulate the mesh. Gabions made from high gauge Galfan wire mesh are strong and built to last.
For more information about Gabion mesh baskets and their many uses contact the Siddall & Hilton sales team. Our products have been used in many projects ranging from the simplest garden features to highly complex earth and rock retaining solutions