June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens proudly presents a cutting edge breakthrough in organic infill for artificial turf that is safe for pets: K9 Sand. This remarkable product not only boasts a completely natural composition, but it is also eco-conscious and carbon-negative, actively removing more carbon from the air than is required for its extraction. Read on to find out more about K9 Sand for Naperville pet turf!



This 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 when it comes to the benefits of incorporating K9 Sand into your turf system.

K9 Sand is recognized for its round, hard uniform grains, carefully chosen to improve performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally occurring and sustainable deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures long-term ecological balance. Southwest Greens utilizes sustainable extraction practices, harvesting less than 10% of the total amount renewed each year. This commitment to preserving the environment ensures that our 100% environmentally friendly and sustainable turf infill remains in alignment 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 piece of cake. The uniform and round shape of the grains creates tiny voids between neighboring particles, significantly enhancing water drainage. Moreover, the soft 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 don't end there — K9 Sand also helps to keep the turf surface cool. Each grain of K9 Sand contains microscopic openings that retain water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these microscopic openings is released, which allows natural cooling from evaporation and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to standard turf infills. With its superior bulk density (106 lbs per cubic foot), K9 Sand ensures maximum ballast, preventing wrinkling and maintaining an immaculate appearance.



When it comes to caring for the environment, K9 Sand stands head and shoulders above its competition. It’s non-toxic, free from heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an uncompromising commitment to the well-being of our planet. Additionally, K9 Sand offers special characteristics that make it the ideal infill solution for Naperville artificial grass for pets. It significantly reduces the odor of urine (see Figure 2).

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

Urine’s smell comes from the volatilization of ammonia. K9 Sand addresses this issue by stopping 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 obtained without the need for any additives or coatings — K9 Sand is simply extracted from the ocean, carefully cleaned, and delivered to your doorstep.

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


With its environmentally conscious and carbon-negative nature, exceptional drainage capabilities, 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 sustainability can make in transforming your outdoor spaces. Book a no-cost consultation today!