June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens proudly presents a cutting edge breakthrough in organic infill for synthetic grass that is safe for pets: K9 Sand. This remarkable product not only boasts a 100% natural composition, but it’s also sustainable 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 Detroit and all of Michigan 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's only the tip of the iceberg of the benefits of using K9 Sand in your turf installation.

K9 Sand is renowned for its round, hard, and uniformly shaped grains, carefully picked to enhance performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally existing and sustainable deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures long-term ecological balance. Southwest Greens utilizes responsible harvesting practices, harvesting less than a minimal percentage of the total amount renewed each year. This commitment to eco-consciousness ensures that our 100% organic and eco-friendly turf infill remains in balance with nature.

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Figure 1: Grains of K9 Sand

Once you get a bag of Southwest Greens' K9 Sand, you will appreciate its compact and uniform grain size, which makes installation a breeze. The round and uniform shape of the grains creates small gaps between neighboring particles, significantly enhancing water drainage. Moreover, the smooth shape of K9 Sand lessens 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 keep going — K9 Sand also helps to keep the artificial turf cool. Each grain of K9 Sand is made up of micro-pores that retain water. As the surface temperature rises, the water in these microscopic openings is released, providing cooling through evaporation and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to standard turf infills. With its high bulk density (106 pounds per cubic foot), K9 Sand ensures optimal ballast, preventing wrinkling and maintaining an immaculate appearance.



When it comes to caring for the environment, K9 Sand stands above its competition. It’s non-toxic, has no heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an uncompromising commitment to the health of our planet. Even better, K9 Sand offers special characteristics that make it the perfect infill solution for Detroit and all of Michigan 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 addresses this issue by inhibiting the breakdown of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand inhibits 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 obtained from the ocean, carefully 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 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 elevating your outdoor spaces. Book a no-cost consultation today!