Hello all, I am planning to make a garden path using a concrete mold such as in the picture. My query relates to which type of mix is better for this type of thing, quick set or regular? Is there much difference to the end result? The path will not be heavily used, it is just to run alongside my vegetable patch.
This is such an exciting project. Let me tag some of our ever-helpful Workshop members @Adam_W, @Nham and @HarrietArthur to see if they have any suggestions on the type of concrete you can use for your garden path.
In the meantime, I recommend reading Adam's comprehensive guide How to choose cement and concrete for handy tips.
I'd love to see the final results of this project. Please keep us updated.
Regular for a walking path. Quick set for putting in posts.
Can I just add to this... I'm planning to do the same thing? If you use the regular concrete, how long should you let it set before removing the mold to lay the next section? Also what it's recommended to put on the gaps afterwards?
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Jac875. It's wonderful to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about concrete molds.
As these moulds are not something we sell, it is hard to put a time frame on how long to leave them in place before removing them. It would be best to refer to the manufacturer's instructions. Regarding our concrete, it would likely be best to leave the mould in place for 24 hours to be sure it's cured enough to hold its shape.
The moulds appear to create several individual paving stones, not a solid slab with an imprint. Given they are individual pavers, they should not be set with a rigid grouting and should have sand placed between them as per paving guidelines.
Please let me know if you have any questions.