There was a lot of ants on the roots. Does this sound like some kind of plant desease?
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If the plant was a transplant it sounds like crown rot.  The plant was probably planted too low in the ground.  Never plant a transplant lower than it was in the container.
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The ants don't like soapy water.........plant seeds again.........but amend your soil with leaves, old horsemanure lime and mulch..........turn that in well and make sure it has good run off...........for the ants........they just love cornmeal.........put some in a crushed can away from the house and they go in & eat and can't digest it.
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