Midday Fix: Tips on creating a dog-friendly landscape

Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer, Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center

Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center is located at 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Ill.



Pet Adoption Month at Chalet!

Pet adoptions every Saturday and Sunday in August, in partnership with local pet adoption agencies.


  • When considering landscaping with and for your pet, consider the dog’s breed, age, temperament and activity level.
  • For active “fence runners”, consider a 3’ mulch-covered path along the fence for them to run.
  • Pet friendly mulches include chunk bark or pea gravel – stay away from cocoa bean mulch if you have dogs.
  • To prevent active dogs from chewing on trees and shrubs, look for those with woody stems instead of soft stems.
  • Ornamental grasses are beautiful for your yard, but also are resilient and forgiving for busy, running dogs.
  • Keep some openings in plant beds for dogs to run through instead of trampling through a mass of plants.
  • For younger or really active dogs, think twice about thorny plants like roses, raspberries or barberries that can get into paws or eyes.
  • Secure compost pile with fencing or gates to prevent dogs from eating mushrooms or other potentially toxic things in that pile.
  • Have a digging dog? Consider a “decoy” sandbox for designated digging!