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[root-bawl, roo t-] /ˈrutˌbɔl, ˈrʊt-/
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.
Origin of rootball
1925-30; root1 + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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 sharp knife.
  • In the fall before the ground freezes, dig a hole big enough to accommodate the rootball.
  • Always carry the plant by the rootball or container, never by the top of the plant.
  • All plants shall be watered immediately after planting so that moisture around the rootball is at or near field capacity.

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