root ball

\ ˈrüt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce root ball (audio) also ˈru̇t- \

Definition of root ball

: the compact mass of roots and soil formed by a plant especially in a container

Examples of root ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove the tree from its container and look for roots beginning to circle the outer edge of the root ball. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2022 When planting your shrub, dig a hole about two to three times as wide as the root ball, and just about as deep. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 29 June 2022 Use the soil that was dug out of the planting hole to fill in around the root ball. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Then dig a large intact root ball between twelve and eighteen inches in diameter. Tom Maccubbin,, 19 Mar. 2022 But first, some planting tips: Start by digging a hole about twice as wide as the root ball or container, but that is only deep enough to sits an inch or two above ground level (planting too deep is a common mistake!). Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 The root ball will handily balance right on the flat on the blade. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 13 May 2022 When feasible, make the planting hole two to three times the width of the root ball. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Then form a root ball 8 to 12 inches out from the base and encircling each plant. Tom Maccubbin,, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of root ball

1930, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

15 Jul 2022

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“Root ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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