June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens is excited to present an exciting breakthrough in natural infill for artificial grass that’s safe for pets: K9 Sand. This extraordinary product not only boasts a 100% natural composition, but it is also renewable and carbon-negative, actively absorbing more carbon from the air than is required for its extraction. Read on to discover more about K9 Sand for Austin 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's only the beginning of the advantages of using K9 Sand in your turf project.

K9 Sand is renowned for its uniformly round, hard grains, carefully chosen to elevate performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally found and renewable deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures sustainability. Southwest Greens utilizes responsible harvesting practices, harvesting less than a small fraction of the total amount renewed each year. This commitment to environmental stewardship ensures that our 100% environmentally friendly and green turf infill remains in alignment with nature.

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Figure 1: Grains of K9 Sand

Once you buy a bag of our K9 Sand, you will appreciate its small and uniform grain size, which makes installation effortless. 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 long-lasting and reliable infill solution. But the advantages keep going — K9 Sand also helps to keep surface of the turf cool. Each grain of K9 Sand contains microscopic openings that trap water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these tiny pores is released, which allows evaporative cooling and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to conventional turf infills. With its superior bulk density (106 lbs/ft³), K9 Sand ensures optimal ballast, preventing wrinkling and maintaining a flawless appearance.



When it comes to eco-conscious practices and sustainability, K9 Sand stands above the competition. It is non-toxic, doesn’t have any 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 perfect infill solution for Austin 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 preventing the hydrolysis of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand inhibits 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 harvested from the ocean, meticulously cleaned, and transported to your doorstep.

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


With its sustainable and carbon-negative nature, exceptional water drainage, cooling effect, and pet-safe qualities, K9 Sand represents a game-changing choice for your artificial turf system. Experience the difference that our commitment to quality and environmental responsibility can make in elevating your outdoor spaces. Request a free consult today!