[root-bawl, root-]
a roughly spherical aggregate of roots and soil that is transplanted with a plant, especially a tree or shrub.
the ball of soil and roots of a plant growing in a pot or other container.

1925–30; root1 + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Our meeting was the beginning of a friendship that would add some poetry to my rootball-toting life.
The depth should be slightly less than the height of the rootball.
Hole should be as deep as rootball, slightly shallower on heavy textured soils.
It may be necessary to make several vertical cuts through the rootball with a
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