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Saturated grounds can cause trees to uproot

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SAN ANTONIO---It's a little crazy when you think about just how much rain we've gotten since Labor Day, more than twenty one inches!

And because of that our soil is saturated and the roots of some trees are struggling to stay in the ground.

With all the rain we've had and this saturated ground it's a recipe for trees being uprooted because it can no longer hold the weight of the tree. Now if it happens in your yard it cannot only cause damage but it can be dangerous too.

And more rainfall will be around through mid-week and it's going to put even more stress on trees.

"Pay attention to your surroundings, if there's any dead wood hanging in the canopy get that cut out and if you see any kind of lean get an arborist to come out quickly," says Brandon Kirby from Rainbow Gardens.

"I have three acres in Leon Valley and I just walk it every once on awhile. Mainly my mesquite trees are falling over, the oak trees are holding up ok," explains Ruben Robles.

He also says the heavy rainfall is definitely having an effect on his trees.

"I walk out there one day and all of a sudden there's one and the next day there's another one. More firewood for me though."

According to ABC Home and Commercial Services Arborist Jake Jarzombek, diseased trees are more susceptible to uprooting because they're weaker and trees near construction because their roots may have been severed. And then with water weighing down tree canopies or gusty winds,

"There may not be a lot of warning, it can be a threat to yourself, your family, your personal belongings and even your neighbors," stresses Kirby.

Jarzombek also says that mulch or bark covering up the roots can cause long term root rot and weaken the roots as well.

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