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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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Don't use plastic, straw, mulch, grass or shallow-rooted ground covers atone to control erosion on a slope because they won't be stable over the long term.
Shallow-rooted, leafy veg such as radish, cauliflower, courgette, cucumber, runner beans, lettuce, spinach, and summer cabbage require a weekly soak.
HOES and other weeding tools are designed to remove shallow-rooted annual weeds and to cut the roots of deep-rooted perennials.
Shallow-rooted shrubs can be dug up, retaining a large rootball, lifted on to a polythene sheet which can then be moved to a new, well-prepared site which has been enriched with organic matter.
Shallow-rooted plants require watering far more regularly than deep-rooted ones, which are capable of seeking out their own supply.
Williams says: "Doncaster has a good soil type, but the old grass was prone to disease and shallow-rooted.
But, says Jorge Delgado, a soil scientist at ARS's Soil Plant Nutrient Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado, "nitrogen recovery can be significantly improved, and nitrate leaching minimized, by following a shallow-rooted crop with a deep-rooted cover crop, like winter rye, malting barley, or winter wheat.
This was powerful evidence as to how shallow-rooted the faith had been under their system.
The shallow-rooted kohlrabi feeds near the top of the soil, while the beets reach farther down into the soil for food.
To grow your own green you'll need to layer your roof with a water-tight membrane, a drainage system, a soil mix three inches deep or so, and shallow-rooted plants hearty enough to endure full sun and exposure to the elements.