What is the best way to get damaged areas in St. Augustinegrass to recover? Most say, or think, the best way is to rake out the dead stuff and apply a rich, nutritional soil to the area. Actually, correct me if Im wrong, soil will just bring in weeds and possibly nematodes. Should you leave the dead thatch, to shade soil from sunlight, and apply extra nitrogen to area to promote new growth? Rake out dead stuff and apply sand to area? Apply a sand/milorganite mixture to area? Opinions, Thoughts, Answers .???