HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than likely your lawn will get the crud and brown up in spots this summer. That crud is more than likely grass diseases that can turn a beautiful lawn into a not so beautiful lawn.
It is interesting that the different types of lawn diseases will be prevalent in your lawn due to certain temperature and moisture conditions. I won't go into them but you can get lawn diseases from March to November.
Most of the time, diseases appear in your lawn as irregular shaped brown areas but some take on a perfect circle shape. Some diseases cause white mushrooms to grow in that area like fairy rings. Some will cause the lawn to take on a pink color from red thread, while most will cause a brown to tan color.
While I could spend lots of time in describing the dozens of lawn diseases in our region, lets talk about how to prevent them.
First of all, don't water your lawn in the late evening. Another reason for disease problems is over fertilization especially from high nitrogen fertilizers.
Then there is the whole aspect of mowing properly. Make sure your mower blade is sharp. Making a jagged cut on the leaf blade will cause more surface area and thus a greater surface area for insects and disease factors to affect the quality of your lawn.
Don't mow your lawn close, especially in the hot dry times of the summer. Short grass will evaporate more moisture from the soil and weaken the health of the grass not to mention encouraging weed growth.