Here is a very good Youtube video tutorial on a step-by-step process on how to plant a tree (by Lowe's). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9MxrQyyvxs
It goes over steps to follow beginning with:
1) Choosing the right location for the tree and home
2) Dialing 811 to find out from you local utility company where it is safe to dig (avoid water/gas lines)
3) Zoning laws
4) How much sun does the area get & selecting a tree accordingly
5) Make sure to check the mature growth of the tree so that you have enough room
7) Native to area?
8) What tools you'll need
9) Best to plant in fall or spring
And so on! Watch video to learn more about these really easy and helpful tips!