It takes only a little more time and effort to plant a tree properly than it does to merely dig the proper size hole, plop in the tree and back-fill. The few extra minutes it takes to properly select, locate. and plant a tree will make a big difference in its ability to thrive and live to its optimum age. Proper selection, location, and planting reduce the likelihood that the tree will be affected by disease, extremes of moisture, inappropriate exposure to sunlight, and physical damage. It means that the tree will most likely provide beauty, require less maintenance, add to your enjoyment, the value of your property, and save you money in the long run.