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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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Other perennials such as phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) are shallow-rooted, although deeper than the current annual pastures.
Shallow-rooted, leafy veg such as radish, cauliflower, courgette, cucumber, runner beans, lettuce, spinach, and summer cabbage require a weekly soak.
REDUCE shoots on hybrid tea and floribunda roses to prevent these shallow-rooted plants being loosened in the ground by strong winds.
Shallow-rooted plants require watering far more regularly than deep-rooted ones, which are capable of seeking out their own supply.
I believe that broadcasting fertilizer to trees, except the shallow-rooted evergreens, is a waste of time and money, and a fine way to grow grass, weeds, and unwanted tree seedlings.
NFeed shallow-rooted small or trained trees, bush and can fruits, using a general fertiliser.
When soil freezes and thaws in recurrent cycles, it can heave shallow-rooted perennials right out of the ground.
He also suggests planting a shallow-rooted plant like lettuce next to a plant that has long roots so they won't compete for space.
121 [+ or -] 3 124 [+ or -] 10 Pasture treatments Annual pasture replaced with 57 57 deep-rooted perennial pasture Annual pasture replaced with 105 94 shallow-rooted perennial pasture Combined treatment Pr+60-m-spaced alleys+deep-rooted 128 125 perennial pasture in mainly upper mid-slopes Seepage volume K5 K10 Block treatments: seepage area response B Pr All AP B+C P+C B+MB Pr+MB Mean %K1 [+ or -] s.
However, plants like hemlock, azalea or rhododendron are shallow-rooted and are very susceptible to drought-induced injury.
Shallow-rooted plants represent the other extreme, with many species lying in between.
Forking and hand-pulling will get rid of shallow-rooted perennials.