June 07, 2023

Southwest Greens proudly presents an exciting innovation in natural infill for artificial turf 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 removing more carbon from the air than is required for extracting it. Read on to learn more about K9 Sand for Toronto pet turf!



This carbon-negative property 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 regarding the benefits of using K9 Sand in your turf system.

K9 Sand is well known for its uniformly round, hard grains, carefully chosen to elevate performance (see Figure 1). Responsibly harvested from naturally occurring and renewable deposits on the ocean shelf, K9 Sand ensures sustainability. Southwest Greens utilizes sustainable extraction practices, harvesting less than a minimal percentage 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 get a bag of Southwest Greens' K9 Sand, you'll appreciate its tiny and uniform grain size, which makes installation effortless. The round and uniform shape of the grains creates small gaps between neighboring particles, significantly enhancing water drainage. Moreover, the soft shape of K9 Sand reduces 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 keeps the artificial 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 tiny pores is released, providing cooling through evaporation and reducing the temperature by approximately 20°F compared to standard turf infills. With its premium bulk density (106 pounds per cubic foot), K9 Sand ensures maximum ballast, preventing wrinkling and maintaining an immaculate appearance.



When it comes to eco-conscious practices and sustainability, K9 Sand stands head and shoulders above its competition. It is non-toxic, has no heavy metals and plastics, and embodies an uncompromising commitment to the well-being of our planet. Moreover, K9 Sand offers special characteristics that make it the ideal infill solution for Toronto 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 tackles this issue by stopping the c of ammonia in urine. Additionally, K9 Sand prevents 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 collected 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 eco-friendly and carbon-negative nature, exceptional drainage capabilities, cooling effect, and pet-friendly features, K9 Sand represents a revolutionary choice for your artificial turf system. Experience the difference that Southwest Greens' commitment to quality and green practices can make in transforming your outdoor spaces. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!