Does your grass look like it is dying? It might not be! There are a few common summer lawn diseases that could be causing this problem in your yard. Dollar Spot Disease and Brown Patch Disease are common in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky areas and cause a lot of concern. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to improve the overall health of your turf, which will ultimately help your lawn fight against these diseases! Learn more about these common lawn diseases with our Facility Manager, Dan Kruthaupt. Throughout the summer months, we typically see two common summer lawn diseases. They are very similar in characteristics, and typically show up as brown patches in the lawn. These patches can be very alarming and can appear as if the grass is dying. If you have brown grass, these two diseases may be the root cause. The difference between the two can be seen on the leaf blades. Dollar Spot disease travels in a straight line through the middle of multiple leaf blades, and Brown Patch disease shows up blotchy on the leaf blades. There are some really great pictures in this video to see the difference between the two. There is no cure for Dollar Spot and Brown Patch, and the patches will recover with a change in weather. New growth is really susceptible to these summer diseases. There are a few things you can do to prevent these diseases. The first it to ensure you are watering properly. Watering between 5am and 11am is the best time to water your lawn. Night watering leaves your grass with too much moisture, and these diseases thrive in this environment. Proper mowing also helps the overall health of your turf, so be sure you're mowing at a height of 3 and a half to four inches. Fertilization, aeration and overseeding also help reduce disease activity, because the best defense against disease is a thick and healthy turf. Fungicides can reduce the appearance of these diseases, but this method is typically really expensive and does not cure the disease. If you use a fungicide, there is a good chance the disease will return with the right weather conditions. It is important to know what is going on in your yard, so be sure too check the leaf blades if you're noticing brown patches in your lawn during the summer months.