K9Grass Review

October 23rd, 2009 by Paul Johnson


Recently a company has been advertising on TV a product called K9grass (official website is k9grass.com). It is made by a company called forever lawn, that already specializes in artifical grass. K9Grass is artificial grass for dogs. My first thought when I saw the commercial a few weeks ago was how could a grass be made specifically for dogs that makes it so much better than your average artificial grass. Well a couple weeks ago, someone I know who runs a kennel, recently installed K9Grass. I now realize that K9Grass has a lot of advantages over installing artificial grass.

K9Grass has a special antimicrobial agents called Alphasan. This is to help prevent an odor and bacteria and other organisms from forming on your grass. Alphasan is a proprietary product made by a company called milleken. Their site says AlphaSan is an antimicrobial additive that utilizes the natural power of silver to protect a wide variety of products against bacteria, fungus, mold, and other microbes. K9Grass.com uses a advanced draining system. There is a perforated layer where urine can go through the artificial grass into like a crushed aggregate layer of 3 or 4 inches. One concern I had with K9grass.com when looking at how it was designed, was if the urine and bits of feces that would be absorbed below the grass would just sit inside the aggregate layer and become a foul stinky mess. It appears that it just goes through the aggregate layer and eventually into the soil below. Watering the lawn once in awhile will help facilitate the movement of wastes through the aggregate layer. You can even get a more advanced option on the k9grass, that has a air layer instead of aggregate layer, and have it quickly drain away at an angle below.

K9Grass is pretty expensive though. I really don’t think the cost to reward is worth it over regular grass or artificial grass for your average dog owner. I think it could be a great option more for people running a kennel, shelter, or dog park. Even artificial grass is probably overkill for most backyard situations too. Most dogs will go in the same spots, so if they do kill a spot in your grass often it will be the same areas over again. You could also train your dog to urinate in places where you don’t have grass. The lifespan also is about 10 years for K9Grass, whereas some artificial turf alternatives are claiming longer.

Amazon has a lot of different dog grass turf products too you can pick and choose various sizes http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A0SD4N6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01A0SD4N6&linkCode=as2&tag=bodybuilweb-20&linkId=SH2WLKSTJSXQSFDD

  1. Brian McGibbon on October 23rd, 2009

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for your review on K9Grass. Many of our customers are dog owners, and the ones that get K9Grass are often breeders or use if for a dedicated dog area or “custom pet potty” or side yard. If you could see the yards before you will understand how K9Grass or ForeverLawn products really are a solution to the messy, muddy, and ugly yards for many dog owners.

    By the way, we have a new product here on the west coast called K9Zyme. The natural enzymes a few times a year will help control flies and odors for any pet areas. Many of our customers have a sprinkler system intitially. We leave that in most of the time and it becomes an “auto rinse” feature once a week for dust and any urine residue on the grass.

    If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 866-369-GRASS (4727). We have many pet facilities and animal control, vets, even dog parks in the area with K9Grass. It is not our most natural looking product, but extremely practical for dog owners.



  2. mark Rehbein on October 27th, 2009

    This is a great solution for dogs but the one piece of the puzzle missing here is how do you deal with the heat of the surface in the summer? in two years of testing artificial grass temps i can tell you that it is not unusual to record temps as high as 200 degrees fahrenheit ! Its so hot that you will burn paws within 10 seconds. Until now there has not been a proven method of cooling the turf. please check out our website and the independent test data proving we can cool turf to within 10 degrees of real grass and the system is passive and it filters all liquids going thru it. the EPIC cooing system will work under anyones artificial turf.

  3. Brian McGibbon on November 14th, 2009

    Hi Mark, that is the great thing also about K9Grass. Of all products on the market none are cooler. K9Grass is a no infill product, and the knit construction allows it to breathe. Water evaporation from under the grass also causes cooling as air and water pass through it like a tignt knit sweater. Installed on a rock base properly and rinsed occassionally allows for a very cool system compared to sports field turf with lots of sand and rubber. We have done many dog parks and the heat is not an issue relative to other turfs.


  4. Debbie Pulizzano on June 29th, 2010

    I would like to purchase some more of the K9 zyme – I have a gallon from the SF dog show but am all out. Your website refers me to k9emporium but I am not able to access it. How can I order???
    Thanks, Debbie

  5. Chelsea M. on August 26th, 2010

    My experience at purchasing K9 crass for my two coton de tulear’s was amazing, Brian took all the time in the world with me to answer all my questions and never once got frustrated. I will definitely be ordering from them again and recommend them to my friends and family!

  6. matt on September 29th, 2012

    Looking for someone to install K9 grass in San Fernando Valley. Any suggestions?

  7. Sam on December 18th, 2012

    Any installers in the Northern California area?

    i’m not so worried about the potty, as i am that our lawn is always torn up and a muddy mess. Can this K9 grass handle a golden retriever and lab/great dane playing chase?

  8. Deb on December 15th, 2014

    We have 5 dogs, foster for a small dog rescue, and are also petsitters. We live on the Gulf coast of Florida, and have lived in our home for 14 years. We got so sick of replacing our lawn due to the heavy rains in the summer and little dogs doing their big-shot kick-dances after going potty! Then the shade trees got larger and the grass wouldn’t even grow without direct sun. I had mud and grass clippings all over my floors, the grout was impossible to keep clean-looking, and we decided to take a chance on an artificial turf. We were not aware of a special “doggie turf” at the time, so we installed a nice, thick “residential” lawn cover. BEST THING WE EVER DID!!!! We have had it for 6 years, and already we have saved a lot compared to replacing the sod every other year as we were before. This is why:
    No watering
    No fertilizer, weed killer, or other chemicals
    It is NOT hot, ever! The dogs and I sunbathe on it year-round
    It is a dream to clean; doggie pooh sits on top and I just pluck it off with a pooh bag over my hand
    Our shade trees shed their leaves, but I don’t have to rake; I just SWEEP the lawn with a broom, spray the lawn horizontally with a hose to push the leaves into a pile, or my husband uses a blower. It takes 5 minutes.
    We don’t have to pay the lawn crew to mow and I don’t have grass clippings all over my house when the dogs run in/out all day.
    The artificial turf drains much better than sod over hard-packed dirt or clay, and can be rinsed off easily during non-rainy weather periods.
    We just sold our home and the turf was a HUGE selling feature. We are building again and will be installing the K9 turf in the back yard there, as well. It’s expensive, yes, but SO worth it in the long run. The WARRANTY is usually 10 years with turf companies, but good quality turfs can be expected to hold up well for 2-3 decades. After 8 years, ours looks like new; no fading, stretching, or crushing. If you choose a taller turf, you can buy a special, fine-toothed rake for about $35 to “fluff” up the nap. Of all the upgrades we’ve done to our home, this is the most valuable, to us and to our buyers.