root ball

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

Definition of root ball

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

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Water needs to be made available to the existing root ball. Calvin Finch,, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 7 June 2019 Read all about it in our three-part series of reports: Fran Summerlin held in her hand an eight-inch tall hemp plant with a one-inch root ball. J.d. Crowe |,, "Hemp hemp hooray," 5 June 2019 The man was one of two aboard a raft that hit the root ball of a log in the water downstream of Hendricks Bridge County Park, according to the Register-Guard., "McKenzie River raft accident proves fatal; second man rescued," 3 June 2019 Be gentle with your herbs and try not to disturb the delicate root ball when repotting. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Plant an Indoor Herb Garden," 12 Mar. 2019 Set the plant in the hole with the top of the root ball at the same height or ever-so-slightly higher than the soil surface. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Hydrangeas," 1 Aug. 2018 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,, "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,, "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,, "All mulches do the same things," 5 May 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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