Although perhaps not thought of as such, trees are an investment. Good plant material can be relatively expensive and it may be sometime before you actually get the full benefits your tree can provide. Therefore, it's important to give your tree the best opportunity to survive and thrive from the start.
Begin by selecting plant material appropriate for your soil conditions, if you have questions regarding what trees are suitable contact the City Forester.
Let's face it, planting a tree is not rocket science, however, there are definitely right and wrong ways to go about it. The Minnesota Forest Resource Extension Service provides easy step-by-step instructions for planting trees.