June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens is excited to present an exciting breakthrough in natural infill for synthetic grass that’s safe for pets: K9 Sand. This extraordinary product not only boasts a 100% organic composition, but it’s also eco-conscious and carbon-negative, actively absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than is used for its extraction. Read on to learn more about K9 Sand for Augusta pet turf!



The carbon-negative property has earned K9 Sand a prestigious negative carbon footprint certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). But that's only the beginning when it comes to the benefits of using K9 Sand in your turf installation.

K9 Sand is recognized for its uniformly round, hard grains, carefully selected to enhance performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally found and regenerative deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures environmental sustainability. Southwest Greens utilizes sustainable extraction practices, harvesting less than a small fraction of the total amount renewed each year. This commitment to eco-consciousness ensures that our 100% organic and sustainable turf infill remains in alignment with nature.

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Figure 1: Grains of K9 Sand

Once you get a bag of Southwest Greens' 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 keeps surface of the turf cool. Each grain of K9 Sand is made up of tiny pores that trap water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these micro-pores is released, which provides evaporative cooling and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to conventional turf infills. With its high 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 head and shoulders above the competition. It’s non-toxic, has no heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an unyielding devotion to the health of our planet. Moreover, K9 Sand offers distinctive features that make it the perfect infill solution for Augusta 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 addresses this issue by preventing the hydrolysis of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand suppresses the growth of bacteria, similar to other turf infills with germ-fighting additives (see Figure 3). These remarkable benefits are realized without the need for any additives or coatings — K9 Sand is simply collected from the ocean, meticulously cleaned, and sent to your doorstep.

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


With its eco-friendly and carbon-negative nature, exceptional water drainage, cooling effect, and pet-safe qualities, K9 Sand represents a innovative choice for your artificial turf system. Experience the difference that Southwest Greens' commitment to quality and environmental responsibility can make in elevating your outdoor spaces. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!