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Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 08:47

Gabions seem to get a fair amount of stick! everything from the way they look, dangerous and the price...and even that they won't stop any noise.

Perplexing - as it's contrary to a lot of what Ive read on te' internet. 

Cost v pro build brick wall is modest, in fact if i could find a decent site ( UK ) to buy the cages from, a quarry would supply me with rubble ( for middle of cages ) for £90! a few nice stones to make up the front wouldnt break the bank.

Noise-wise - it is the way to go according to some sites ( but no-one on here ), they do stop the most amount of noise..thinking of the 'soft materials/ bark' idea...the wall is close to my house, very close, dont really want a habitat for wildlife there.

Safety - stick a few metal rods in the middle and bobs your uncle, a wee project could do myself.

If anyone know of a decent waterfeature ( loud enough..adjustable would be nice ) please dont be mean and share thoughts, same applies with purchasing cages with UK delivery.

Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 17:54

Thanks once again, didnt know about bark etc softening sound thanks Dove. Although looking on google definately says, Gabion walls are the best reducing noise by 60db, breezeblock, brick etc less than half that.

Thanks also Obelixx re further info.

Will put this one to bed then for now, things to think about..tempted now more by the soften idea..will research, cheaper as well

Thanks, very helpful forum


Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:17

Thank you for your replies, particularly like Obelixx suggestion and will dig deeper into that perhaps. Sounded interesting..cant really picture it though..finer mesh filled with chipbark...i like it..not sure if it would retain sound as well as brick.

Aware of the 6ft no higher rule! but there is an existing fence reaching approx 8ft, hence was thinking of simply placing wire baskets in front of that, they would be none the wiser and could aways reduce a basket or two if anything kicked off.

Assuming a wall that high requires a few posts cemented in the cages. Just asking, anyone on this site done this before - any thoughts welcome.

Yes - had thought of the ole' let them hear you discussing them type scenerio...or a polite letter to their door perhaps.

Thanks again for suggestions, any plants / trees which can grow high and dense in a largeish pot ( as mentioned it is on cement ).

Am getting a fountain ( looking on Amazon etc..any suggestions there? want one which is loud enough, plug and/or solar - £150 )


Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 22:31

Garden sound barriers.

Effective method to prevent me spending all Summer listening to bloated conversations from the annoying neighbours next door.

Suggestions please.

Move house or anything involving a lot of money is not a goer. Was thinking more along lines of a Gabion Wall, wire baskets filled with rubble/faced off with stone or pebbles. Agree? Apparently according to my sources ( Heinz, Branston and google ) Gabion walls eat up more noise than breezeblock,brick etc

8ft wall high x 2.5ft width x 8 ft length. Anyone with a little knowledge or experiance please share. Assuming safe/easy enough to construct. Just pile baskets onto of one another, tied, shouldnt fall over? should they?

In for a is a concrete side area, so nowhere for plants/trees to grow but any thoughts on thin, high, dense, evergreen shrubs or trees which can be grown up a brick wall / in pots again your knowledge is very welcome.

Appreciated your time.

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 19:13

Thank you for the replies, could of done without the scarky 'need to ask the question' one but heck you em' in all forums I suppose.

Seems I will indeed seek out the more expensive root then, of an electrician, at least it will be a secure, permanent fixture serving heating,lighting and seed trays etc.


thanks again

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 14:03

Hello there,

I am hoping against hope that some kind soul out there may be able to give me some advice.

I want a waterproof plug for my greenhouse - simple enough request but not certain how i go about it.

My greenhouse sits about 20cm from my garage. There is a hole in my garage, and i have made a hole at the bottom of my greenhouse. So basically just needing a wire to pass through - it will be exposed for those 20cm, obviously it will be on the ground of the greenhouse.

So..whats the best setup? Any thoughts? My plug in the garage works ok..shall i house the wire for those 20cm? in the hope water doesnt get in?

Main concern i suppose is once its in the greenhouse, it has to sit on the floor of the greenhouse initially where the hole is...whats the best cause of action?

I have looked on amazon etc for waterproof plugs...

thoughts more than welcome.



Acer tree issue

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 12:59

My acer was doing very well indeed. Then i left it in the convervatory where a month back it seemed to love..and now..with a weeks heat..the leaves literally are burnt - white. Have planted it out into the garden and hope for the best. All white/black leaves.

greenhouse leaks

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 12:57

Yes it was me. Tempted to repost photos - but a hassle with uploading to youtube.

Upsidedown? I will have to examine others.  the 'V'' are  like this ( two of them one above the other i think. )

Thanks for the reply. Will have to look again. Need to get this sorted. Even leaks at the cement base..water coming in when it rains. Was going to put guttering down at the edges. But its the roof that is the main problem.

Still standing though!


greenhouse leaks

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 09:38

Poured water on top of greenhouse and note leaks in through the very top. Just curious - should the glass meet exactly on that large top rail of a greenhouse. My rail has - something like 2 lips sticking out..but the glass is sitting under the two naturally any water is just falling through.

Now i did 'test' is with a water hose..pouring directly onto it..but just curious as to how a greenhouse is set up?

Expensive Monkey Tree going brown at the edges...

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 13:09

Smallish wee chap but still cost me £20. I know will take 10 yrs at least to grow..but would like to know why, since I have planted it in the ground from it's pot, has the edges curled up a little and i note day by day tipss are going brown.

I throw in bits n pieces, seaweed, potash, fish,blood etc etc Ergon. compost....i know perhaps too much  good stuff could be a shock for the thing.

Any thoughts though? Dont want him to die off.

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