As the summer heat beats down, your grass may look a little ... crispy.

Just like any other plant, the heat can stress your grass but if you mow properly, you can encourage your lawn to be drought-tolerant and thick enough to crowd out the weeds. Art White of White's Farm Supply suggests cutting no more than a third of the height at one time.

Typically, White suggests mowing grass so it's about 2.5 inches, but when the temps really rise, he encourages customers to raise their mower decks an extra 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch.

Since we've hit the middle of the mowing season, now also is a good time to make sure your air cleaners and engine fins are clear and properly working to keep the engine cool. Some mower brands might need to have the blades sharpened mid-season, White said, while others can last a full season.

Of course, if you aren't getting the results you expect from your mower, White's Farm Supply has factory-trained technicians who can inspect and repair your mower for you. They have five locations where you can have your mower serviced, and if you don't have the equipment to deliver it to them, they have a fleet of vehicles that can pick it up for you.

Check out White's Farm Supply online here or visit the location nearest you!