I will be starting another mini orchard at my new house (assuming I get it). The last time I planted dwarfs, I did not stake them. The apples fell over with fruit. The peaches were propped up with boards and stayed up, but what a sight. This time I want to do it right. I have a teenager who will help get the posts into the ground, but I cannot find 8 ft stakes and read that Lowes stakes are flimsy and will fall over. Where do I get sturdy stakes? What key words work? I get some websites for t -posts but no prices. I will be in Olathe KS.
I am also going to use the other side of the stake (while tree is young) for tomato plant hoops (tomatoes and cucumbers) to make use of space. I will be staking 15 trees (including 2 flowering cherries - one type fell over in a freak snow storm and never recuperated). Thanks.