How To Make And Install Cages For A Faux Stone Wall

If you dream of rock walls bordering your garden or adorning your yard you may be a little leery of tackling the job on your own. While you can always have a rock wall installed by a professional there is a less expensive option that you can make on your own. By making your own gabion cages and filling them with natural stone, you can create a faux rock wall to enhance your landscape. Here's what you need to do.

1. Decide on the Size of the Wall: You are limited only by your imagination and the amount of energy you wish to devote to your rock wall when you make the gabion cages yourself. But the best part is you can start small and add to your wall as time and energy allows. Set a reasonable goal for your first attempt and expand later.

2. Purchase a Roll of 12-gauge Concrete Reinforcement Mesh: You can find rolls of this at your local home improvement or hardware store.

3. Cut the Mesh to the Desired Size: You will need two identical pieces for the sides, two for the ends and two for the top and bottom of the gabion cage. For example, if you are making a 4-foot long cage that is 3-feet high and 2-feet wide, you will need two sides that measure 3 feet by 4 feet, two ends that measure 2 feet by 3 feet, and a top and bottom that measure 2 feet by 4 feet.

4. Wire the side and end pieces to the bottom section. Use heavy gauge wire and a pair of pliers to lace the all edges to form an open cage that is 2-feet wide, 3-feet tall and 4-feet long.

5. Attach the top on one of the long sides. This will create a hinged top to your gabion cage.

6. Prepare the site for your wall. Remove all vegetation from the area and dig a trench that is 2-feet wide, 4-feet long and 4 to 6 inches deep. If your gabion cage has other dimensions, dig the trench to the dimensions of your cage.

7. Position the gabion cage into the trench. Check that the soil is level and the cage sits straight. The trench will help give your wall support and prevent it from shifting during heavy storms. It will also prevent soil erosion around the wall.

8. Fill the cage with stones. Begin at the edges and stack large stones, your outer stones will need to be larger than the mesh on the gabion cage, along the inner sides and ends of the cage. Choose your most attractive stones for the outside of the wall, as those placed in the center will not show when your wall is finished. Fill in the center of the gabion cage with smaller stones, pea gravel or other natural stone material. This filler will need to be heavy enough to hold the outer stones in place, but does not need to be decorative stone.

9. Wire the top of the cage closed. If you decide to enlarge your rock wall, follow the instructions to build another cage and position it so that it abuts the first cage. Wire the two together and fill the second cage as usual. You can add as many cages as you want and can even make right angles with the rectangular cages. You can also make other garden projects, such as gabion tables or benches following the same basic procedure. You can even line the outside of the gabion cage with rocks and use soil to fill in the center to create a decorative planter for flowers and vegetables.

Making your own gabion cages and filling them with stone allows you to customize the look of your rock wall and will save you a bundle on buying premade cages. For more ideas, contact companies like Earth Stone.