Linden Trees For Large Landscape
If you have a large landscape with plenty of room for a medium-to-large tree to spread its branches, consider growing linden trees. Also called basswood, the linden tree (Tilia spp.) is a medium to large shade tree growing to a mature height of 50 to 80 feet. Linden trees are attractive trees that are ideal for urban landscapes because they tolerate a wide range of adverse conditions, including pollution. The best time for planting a linden tree is in fall after the leaves drop, although you can plant container-grown trees any time of year. Choose a location with full sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. The tree prefers a neutral to alkaline pH but tolerates slightly acidic soils as well. Place the tree in the planting hole so that the soil line on the tree is even with the surrounding soil. As you back fill around the roots, press down with your foot from time to time to remove air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting and add more soil if a depression forms around the base of the tree. Mulch around the linden tree with organic mulch such as pine needles, bark or shredded leaves. As the mulch breaks down, it adds essential nutrients to the soil. Use 3 to 4 inches of mulch, and pull it back a couple of inches from the trunk to prevent rot.
Water newly planted trees once or twice a week for the first two or three months in the absence of rain. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Well-established linden trees only need watering during prolonged dry spells. Fertilize newly planted linden trees the following spring. Use a 2-inch layer of compost or a 1-inch layer of rotted manure over an area roughly twice the diameter of the canopy.
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