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Are Tree Planting Services Worth It?

April 4, 2024
6 min read

Are Tree Planting Services Worth It?

While planting a tree yourself may sound like an easy and cost-effective solution, there are many advantages to using professional tree planting services. 

Hiring a pro helps you eliminate common tree installation mistakes that could impact your tree's ability to develop a deep root system. As a result, your tree may not receive essential nutrients and become easily uprooted in high winds or Midwest storms. Additionally, if a young tree is not properly staked or supported, it may grow at an angle, leading to a permanently bent or crooked trunk.

In this article, we explore the benefits, cost considerations, and steps for getting started with tree planting services from Aspen Ridge Lawn & Landscape. We've also included a few DIY tree-planting tips for those who want to tackle this landscaping project independently.

5 Benefits of Tree Planting Services

Tree Variety

Planting Experience

Our team knows the exact depth and spacing required for tree planting, ensuring optimal growth. Planting a tree too deep or shallow can lead to poor growth, while inadequate spacing can lead to overcrowding. 

We also know the best time to plant trees, how much water they need, and how to care for them once planted. Wondering when to plant a tree? Our experts recommend planting in the spring or fall when the weather is mild, and the soil is moist.

Proper Equipment

Balled or burlapped trees tend to be larger in size, requiring professional equipment and tools to transport and install them. With Aspen, once you purchase your tree, our team can deliver it to your property and install it the same day, using the proper technique and equipment to avoid damaging it. 

Proper Equipment


When you buy a tree from Aspen, you can choose to have it delivered directly to your property. This means we handle the transportation and installation, so you don't have to worry about coordinating any heavy lifting or logistics. Trust us to take care of everything!

Tree Planting Services: Cost Considerations 

The cost of professional tree planting services can vary depending on several factors, including the tree’s size, type of machinery, if needed, and location.

On average, you can pay anywhere from $200 to $450. For an accurate quote, you can contact The Plant Shop or stop in during regular business hours. It's important to remember the long-term benefits of investing in a healthy tree and the money you'll save by ensuring it's installed correctly to prevent any damage that may require a costly replacement.

Where Can I Find Tree Planting Services Near Me?

Have questions? Our team is always available to provide personalized advice and recommendations

Tree Planting for Beginners

Ball and burlap large Black Hills Spruce tree.

Choose the right tree for your area

Consider the climate, soil type, and available space before selecting a tree to plant. Different trees thrive in different environments, so choosing one that can survive and thrive in your specific location is vital.

Prepare the Planting Site

Choose a location that has good drainage and plenty of sunlight. Clear the area of any debris or weeds, and dig a hole that is at least twice as wide as the tree's root ball.

Next, add some compost or other organic matter to the soil to help improve its quality and provide nutrients. Our Plant Shop experts suggest mixing the compost with the native soil to allow the tree roots to gradually become acclimated to its new growing conditions.

Remove the Container

When planting the tree, gently remove it from its container and loosen any tangled roots.

Position the Tree

Place the tree in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Next, backfill the hole with soil, and pack it firmly around the roots.

You’ll also want to create a mulch well using a shovel or garden rake to create a circular depression around the base of the tree. We recommend about 2-3 feet in diameter and 3-4 inches deep. Smooth the bottom of the depression with the back of your shovel to create a level surface.

Then, fill the depression with 2-3 inches of mulch and be sure to keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk of the tree to prevent moisture buildup and rot.

Water Thoroughly

After planting, it's essential to care for the tree properly. So, water the tree regularly, especially during its first year of growth, to help establish a strong root system.

Here are a few other essential steps:

  • Fertilize the tree as needed, but be careful not to over-fertilize
  • Prune the tree to remove damaged or diseased branches and maintain its shape. 
  • If you notice your new tree is leaning, even though you have stakes and ties in place, check to ensure the ties are not too tight around the trunk. If they are, loosen them a bit to give the tree some breathing room. If this doesn't solve the problem, you may need to adjust the stakes to provide more support or reposition them to better anchor the tree. 
  • To protect your new tree against damage from deer and other animals, install tree guards and fencing. Tree guards are designed to fit around the trunk of a tree, creating a physical barrier, while fencing can be installed in a circle around the tree, leaving enough space for the tree to grow.

Need Tree Planting Supplies?

  • Shovels
  • Gloves
  • Tree stakes
  • Ties
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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