Concrete patio/planter filled?

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Concrete patio/planter filled?

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I am wanting to fill in this patio/planter with concrete and create a uniform look to where the outer edge isn't noticeable. Will I need mesh/rebar when I fill in? I have never done any concrete work but want to tackle this soon. Thanks!

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Filling the inside with concrete will do nothing to change the appearance of the outer edges.
 
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well I didn't want the edges to stand out, old with new-any ideas? Will I need to add an expansion joint to the edge?
 
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If you really want to fill that in with concrete all that old top soil needs to come out to a bare minimum of 8" and be back filled in layers with compactable fill, compacted with a plate compactor to a minimum of 3" of the curbing.
Expansion strip against the brick.
Going get to hit with a small load delivery charge if you have a truck deliver it and end up with a useless small patio and still have that curb show.
 
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So essentially 3" thick of concrete? I was hoping to get a mixer and mix myself, do I need to use mesh or rebar?
 
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Oh and what type of concrete should I use?
 
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If mixing it yourself you'd use something like this - Shop QUIKRETE 80-lb Gray High Strength Concrete Mix at Lowes.com
or have to buy sand, gravel and portland cement so you can mix it from scratch.
 
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thanks!
 
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"or have to buy sand, gravel and portland cement so you can mix it from scratch. "

Ah, the bad old days. Does anybody do that anymore?
 
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all of the above depends on the temperature of your 'where' - do you get occasional freezing temps ? i wouldn't go thru all the steps joe outlines in so tx or even here in atl
 
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