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You've spent the money, planted and pruned. But a few months later, your plants look sick and diseased. So how do you keep those plants alive?

Garden store owner Damien Stumler says it's always best to bring in a sample of the damage. It's the best way to save the plant and save you money. This will help the experts determine the problem.

Odd weather patterns can open the door to disease and insect damage. A add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to a gallon of water and treat. That will take care of mildew.

A high pressured hose every couple of days will take care of spider mites and aphids.

And don't worry about the Japanese beetle. It's not pretty, but the damage is only cosmetic.

When and how you water is also important. Be careful with watering at night. If the foliage lays wet through the night, it can cause fungus disease.

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