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Get in touch with your roots and potentially save your home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Damage was done to homes and businesses alike in last week's storms, and some of the damage was caused by trees falling on the structures after the high winds.

Much of the damage came from trees broken at the roots.

Russell Croney, owner of Croney Tree Service, said he has noticed a trend among most of the trees.

Croney said, "It looks to me that on a lot of them the roots were actually a little bad on them. Had a little rot in them is what it looks like to me for most of it.  And then the soft ground all of the rain that we've had makes it easier for them to blow out of the ground too."

Even though you may not be able to physically see the rot in the trees there are some ways you can check the trees in your yard.

Croney said, "Easiest way to tell if you have root rot as they call it is fungus, you'll have mushrooms growing on the ground around your trees and that's usually what causes that is the roots are starting to rot and then mushrooms will grow off of that."

There are other things you can do as well to be sure the tree doesn't come crashing down on your home.

Croney said, "Just a little but of preventive maintenance, just some slight trimming here and there.  Get somebody that knows what they're doing and get them to come in and to relieve a little bit of the weight off the limbs, a little bit of stress, some of the things that don't need to be there have them take it out and some of the preventive maintenance is just the biggest thing.  Is just look at your tree, if you have a problem with it, do something with it."

Thomas Lindsey with the Arkansas Forestry Commission said there are things you can do as well to keep your tree healthy throughout it's life.

Lindsey said, "Water it, fertilize it if you need it, air ate it around the drip area, that's just breaking up the ground."

Lindsey said that if you have a problem with one of your trees at home or just want it to be checked out you can have the Arkansas Forestry Commission come check it free of charge.

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