How to Build a Gabion Fence

How to Build a Gabion Fence

Here at Adobe, we have big plans to turn our dry and dusting landscape yard into an oasis of ideas for your own back yard. We want you to look around and be inspired!
Our current project is a special one! We are going to show you how to build a Gabion Fence. 


The word Gabion comes from an Italian word for 'big cage.' It was the Italians who first used these types of structures to stabilize shorelines, stream banks, and slopes.

Here's how to bring an Italian flavor to your yard:

First: Mark where the posts will be placed. We chose to have them a  little more than 5 feet apart.

Second: Dig the holes for each post. (These could be dug by hand but when you have the right equipment it makes things so much easier.)

Third: Set the Posts! Set using a fence post level to square all sides and quick setting post mix was to anchor them to the ground. We used 8" square 10 foot long cedar posts which we cut in half. We also added a few cuts to the top to give it a decorative look.

Fourth: Check your work! It's important to make sure each post is not only level but also aligned the others. *Tip- Set the two end posts first and then ran a string line between the two to align the other posts.

Fifth: Use a tinted Polyurethane to enhance the color as well as protect the posts from the weather.

Next: Cut the wire fence panel to fit and attached each panel to the posts using long fence staples. We recommend wiring the fence panels to each other in between the posts to reduce the amount of bowing in the fence and create a stronger cage. 

Finally: Add the rocks to fill the cages. Choose a rock size larger than the gaps in your wire. We chose our 2-8" Rainbow River Rock.

Last: Once the rock is in place, wash it off. Rocks always looks better with the dust washed away.

Follow these steps to complete your own Gabion Fence!

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