root ball

noun

ˈrüt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce root ball (audio)
 also  ˈru̇t-
: 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 Just plant it in a hole that's three times wider than the root ball, but no deeper. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Once the root ball has completely dried out, lift the bulb from the soil and store it in a cool place, like a basement or garage. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2024 Remove the root ball from its container and lay it on a plastic sheet. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024 Step 1: Prep Root Ball Remove the plant from its nursery container and cut off the bottom two-thirds of the root ball. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2024 Fill the container with high-quality potting soil with plenty of organic matter and plant the tree so the top of the root ball is level with the soil, then water well. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 The root ball is turned upside down, with its bronze fingers stretching up and out: a deeply human call for connection. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 After filling in the soil around the root ball, water deeply to help eliminate any air pockets. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Dec. 2022 The enormous tree’s root ball ripped up chunks of brick and concrete sidewalk. Drew Kann, ajc, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of root ball was in 1930

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“Root ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20ball. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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