Plant a Tree for Arbor Day, April 29

Diy106aIf you’re considering planting a tree, the best resource we’ve seen is, the Web site of the National Arbor Day Foundation. You’ll learn everything you want to know about planting trees and can use their online guide to identify trees to plant on your property.

Planting a tree by hand can be strenuous work, but the reward is lasting beauty and the protective shade the tree provides for years to come. While a tree enhances the landscape of a house, it’s also a good investment that you can enjoy and watch grow over the years. A leafy maple tree is an attractive addition to any landscape when in bloom, and in winter its bare branches allow the sunlight to shine through.

A landscape contractor or tree service will charge $339 to plant a 2-inch caliper maple tree that’s approximately 9 feet high. That includes the cost of the tree and the labor to plant it. You can buy the tree for $175 and plant it and save 48 percent.

To determine the size of tree to plant, make a scaled drawing of your yard and note any existing trees and what surrounds them. Try to imagine how a tree will look when it’s full grown. You don’t want to plant a new tree too close to the growing zone of existing trees, where it would be under their shadow or too close to the house, property line or under overhead cables. To prevent hitting any underground cables or pipes, call your local utility company. Many of them promote a “call before you dig” program, and will send someone out to mark any underground utility lines in your yard.

Visit us at to compare the cost of hundreds of improvement and gardening projects to decide to do it yourself vs. hiring a pro.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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