June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens is excited to present an exciting innovation in natural infill for synthetic grass that is safe for pets: K9 Sand. This remarkable product not only boasts a completely natural composition, but it’s also sustainable and carbon-negative, actively removing more carbon from the atmosphere than is required for extracting it. Read on to learn more about K9 Sand for Pittsburgh 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 just the tip of the iceberg of the advantages of implementing K9 Sand with your turf system.

K9 Sand is recognized for its round, hard, and uniformly shaped grains, carefully chosen to elevate performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally found and renewable deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures long-term ecological balance. 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% environmentally friendly 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 our K9 Sand, you'll appreciate its compact and uniform grain size, which makes installation a piece of cake. The uniform and round shape of the grains creates small gaps between neighboring particles, greatly improving water drainage. Moreover, the smooth shape of K9 Sand reduces 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 turf surface cool. Each grain of K9 Sand is made up of micro-pores that trap water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these tiny pores is released, which provides cooling through evaporation and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to standard turf infills. With its premium bulk density (106 lbs/ft³), K9 Sand ensures ideal 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 is non-toxic, free from heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an unyielding devotion to the well-being of our planet. Additionally, K9 Sand offers distinctive features that make it the ideal infill solution for Pittsburgh 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

The smell of urine results from the volatilization of ammonia. K9 Sand deals with this issue by inhibiting the breakdown of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand prevents the growth of bacteria, similar to other turf infills with bacteria-reducing additives (see Figure 3). These remarkable benefits are realized without the need for any additives or coatings — K9 Sand is simply obtained from the ocean, carefully cleaned, and shipped 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-friendly features, K9 Sand represents a innovative choice for your artificial turf system. Experience the difference that Southwest Greens' commitment to quality and sustainability can make in enhancing your outdoor spaces. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!