By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If you're considering planting a tree, the best resource we've seen is www.arborday.org, 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.
Learn about Maple Trees from the Spruce 13 Species of Maple Trees.
For a good read on planting a tree and other outdoor projects, look for the Landscaping book in the Home Skills series.
Now you know the average cost to plant a maple tree, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it you
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.