root ball

noun
\ˈrüt-ˌbȯl also ˈru̇t- \

Definition of root ball 

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

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Let the hose run at a trickle on the plant’s root ball, the area of soil within a foot or so of the trunk, for approximately 20 minutes. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "What does scorching heat mean for trees and plants?," 3 July 2018 Water the root balls of new plantings as needed to keep the soil moist. 50. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 Your small trees could be grown one more year in a container of suitable size for their root balls and then set in the ground in the future. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "All mulches do the same things," 5 May 2018 Evergreen trees, when watered with a sprinkler, can shed water away from the root ball. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Missed the spring planting season? It's not too late to plant.," 2 July 2018 New trees, shrubs and ground covers can be planted; do keep the root balls moist. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Move it around the trunk so the whole root ball is moistened. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "What does scorching heat mean for trees and plants?," 3 July 2018 Set your garden hose to a trickle and place it over the root ball. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How and When to Plant a Tree," 12 Mar. 2018 Dig a hole just as deep as the root ball and two or three times its width. NOLA.com, "Japanese magnolias: How to choose, plant and care for these spring-flowering beauties," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of root ball

1930, in the meaning defined above

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