Some tips for growing linden shade trees include choosing a location with full or partial sun, planting in well-drained soil, watering thoroughly, using organic mulch and fertilizing newly planted trees. Linden trees require little care and maintenance. They can tolerate severe conditions, such as full sun and pollution. Some varieties include little-leaf linden, American linden and European linden.
The right time for growing linden trees is in the fall after the leaves drop. However, you can also grow seedlings in containers at any time of year and transplant them to the field later. Linden shade trees grow in neutral and acidic soils.
Plant the seedling in a hole dug in the soil. Press down using your foot as you back-fill around the roots to expel any trapped air. If there is no rain, consider watering continuously for about one or two months. Consider adding soil whenever a depression is formed around the base of the trees. Add organic mulch around the linden tree, such as shredded leaves, bark and pine needles. Mulching suppresses weeds, retains moisture and moderates soil temperatures.
Fertilize newly planted linden trees. Add fertilizers only if the trees are not growing properly or if their leaves are turning pale. Use rotten manure or balanced fertilizers. Established trees do not require the use of fertilizer.
Finally, consider using normal weeding methods to get rid of lawn and other unwanted trees growing around linden trees. Avoid using herbicides around the roots of a linden shade tree. Such chemicals cause leaves to turn brown or become distorted.