Concreting fence posts step-by-step — plus what mix of concrete to use

Wooden fence panels with concrete posts and furniture in the foreground
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Concreting fence posts into the ground is one simple way to make sure that your fence doesn’t fall over as soon as the wind picks up. The concrete provides a strong, weatherproof foundation that will last as long as the fence, if not longer.

Whatever fence type you choose you’ll still need to install the fence posts in very much the same way. You might need to dig deeper and bigger holes, but the principles are still the same. Here we reveal how deep you need to go, what mix to use and discuss the pros and cons for wooden and concrete posts. 

Concreting fence posts: The pros and cons 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.