It doesn’t take much time to plant a tree, but how it is done can have lasting effects. Mistakes made when planting trees are difficult and costly to correct later. Attention to details made at planting time will pay dividends for years. Site assessment and preparation that preceded planting may involve more time and expense, but is often a good investment. Careful selection of tree species well matched to the site, and the use of vigorous, healthy nursery stock with a well-developed root system are essential, but they will not compensate for poor or improper site preparation and planting procedures.