June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens is proud to present a revolutionary innovation in organic infill for artificial grass that is safe for pets: K9 Sand. This extraordinary product not only boasts a 100% natural composition, but it is also renewable and carbon-negative, actively removing more carbon from the atmosphere than is used for its extraction. Read on to find out more about K9 Sand for Los Angeles and Southern California pet turf!



The carbon-negative feature has earned K9 Sand a prestigious negative carbon footprint certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the advantages of implementing K9 Sand with your turf project.

K9 Sand is well known for its round, hard, and uniformly shaped grains, carefully selected to enhance performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally occurring and regenerative deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures sustainability. Southwest Greens utilizes responsible harvesting practices, harvesting less than 10% of the total amount renewed each year. This commitment to environmental stewardship ensures that our 100% organic and green turf infill remains in harmony with nature.

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Figure 1: Grains of K9 Sand

Once you receive a bag of Southwest Greens' K9 Sand, you will appreciate its small and uniform grain size, which makes installation a breeze. The round and uniform shape of the grains creates small gaps between neighboring particles, drastically boosting water drainage. Moreover, the gentle shape of K9 Sand minimizes wear and tear on artificial grass fibers over time.

The hardness and dustless nature of K9 Sand guarantee a durable and reliable infill solution. But the advantages do not stop there — K9 Sand also helps to keep the artificial turf cool. Each grain of K9 Sand contains micro-pores that trap water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these tiny pores is released, which allows cooling through evaporation and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to standard turf infills. With its superior bulk density (106 pounds per cubic foot), K9 Sand ensures optimal ballast, preventing wrinkling and maintaining a pristine appearance.



When it comes to caring for the environment, K9 Sand stands at the forefront of its competition. It’s non-toxic, has no heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an unwavering dedication to the well-being of our planet. Even better, K9 Sand offers unique qualities that make it the optimal infill solution for Los Angeles and Southern California artificial grass for pets. It drastically decreases the odor of urine (see Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Volatilization of ammonia using K9 Sand vs. Silica Sand

Urine’s odor comes from the volatilization of ammonia. K9 Sand combats this issue by inhibiting the hydrolysis of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand stops the growth of bacteria, similar to other turf infills with anti-microbial additives (see Figure 3). These remarkable benefits are achieved without the need for any additives or coatings — K9 Sand is simply collected from the ocean, thoroughly cleaned, and transported to your doorstep.

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Figure 3: ATCC 25922 test protocol results for determining microbial activity


With its renewable and carbon-negative nature, exceptional drainage capabilities, cooling effect, and pet-safe qualities, K9 Sand represents a groundbreaking choice for your artificial turf system. Experience the difference that our commitment to quality and sustainability can make in enhancing your outdoor spaces. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!