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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This will ensure that the spaces which were left when the row crop was grown are protected from soil erosion when the cover crop is grown.It is important to know that:Deep-rooted crops should be alternated with shallow-rooted crops.
"This planter is a perfect home for shallow-rooted, low-water aconium and Euphorbia leucodendron."
* Use layered plantings of deep-and shallow-rooted trees, shrubs and ground covers to prevent water runoff.
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.
Williams says: "Doncaster has a good soil type, but the old grass was prone to disease and shallow-rooted. We need to sort that out and get proper root development going.
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.
The market looks in two directions: backward to the deeply rooted culture of the East; forward to the relatively shallow-rooted culture of the West.
The two shallow-rooted selections were RILs 17 and 7 and the two deep-rooted selections were RILs 24 and 38.