What our clients are saying
Landscaping, as you might imagine, is much, much more than installing plants and pavers if done correctly. The property for our new home presented many site challenges with a multitude of elevation changes. Miller Creek Lawn and Landscaping transformed those challenges into opportunities creating a gorgeous one-of-a-kind setting. Miller Creek truly exceeded our expectations.
Miller Creek began by meticulously prepping the site with all the proper foundation work necessary for the hardscaping, retaining walls, gardens, lawn and erosion control. In our previous experience with other landscapers, all too often the critical prep work was overlooked or inadequate. Exacting prep work, however, is the vital foundation from which everything else is built upon. Miller Creek takes no shortcuts and understands that proper “below ground work” insures a long lasting “above ground” landscape.
The trees, shrubs, perennials and all the other quality plantings from the Miller Creek Garden Center add beautiful color and texture to the yard year round. The boulder retaining walls address the elevation changes and are an excellent backdrop to the foliage. The driveway cobble stones and stone walkways add character and the fire pit and patio are great gathering places. It’s very welcoming and makes you feel at home. And that’s really what it’s all about….
You often judge a company by the caliber of its people. If so, you’ll find the Miller Creek team friendly, considerate, safe, organized and professional in all aspects of their work. Best of all, the continued follow-up, long after the project was complete, has been exceptional.
To Troy and team: Our heart-felt thanks for creating a fantastic landscape and beautiful first impression for our home!
Kevin and Kathy Bakke
Valerie and I wish to thank you for the extraordinary service we received last fall in designing and landscaping our new home. Your ideas were innovative, functional in the utilization of low maintenance trees and shrubs while incorporated the existing architecture and landscape.
The work itself was done in a professional and timely manner within the budget we had developed. I plan to go to Miller Creek for all my Gardening and Landscape needs and will certainly contact you first if I ever build again.
Thank You! Rich Adams
Working with Troy and the crews at Miller Creek to landscape our new home was a wonderful experience and the results exceeded our expectations. The landscape design was creative and great effort was made to select plants and trees that discouraged deer while complimenting the natural setting of our home. We were pleased with the high quality of the nursery stock and the care with which it was planted - nearly all have survived and thrived through the first year.
The same can be said of our experience with Miller Creek’s work in completing the driveway, patios and fenced raised garden beds. Troy’s attention to detail in design and execution was extraordinary. We especially appreciated the expertise and thorough work on preparing the base layers, which will ensure stability for years to come. The crews were professional, we trained and meticulous in their work, they kept the work area clean and were a pleasure to have on-site.
A big thank you to Troy and Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape for enhancing the beauty of our home!
Sue and Bruce Henke
Troy came out to our home to help us plan the waterfall and pond feature that seemed to be missing when we looked out over our lawn. He thoroughly interviewed us as to what we envisioned the landscape to look like when the project was completed. We understood completely what they project would entail design work, excavation, coordination with subcontractors and the utility departments, creation of the waterfalls and pond, tree, shrubbery and flower plantings, and the installation of the patio adjacent to the pond. When the crew would leave for the day, they would carefully clean up. We were given specific instructions as to how to care for the trees and plantings.
We enjoy our newly landscaped yard and the design fit our home perfectly. The sound of the water over the rocks is very soothing. The trees and other plantings are beautiful. Troy’s design was transformed into a wonderful oasis that we will enjoy for many years to come.
When we first started this project and we got the estimates, I took a big gulp, then proceeded. This was always a dream of mine, to have my yard professionally landscaped. I finally saw it become a reality. Every time I look out the back doors I am so pleased with the end results. The workers were all polite and got the job done the way I expected. All the crews, from your guys, the fence company, and the deck work, is superb. Thanks so much for a job well done. We all look forward to enjoying our back yard next summer.
Troy Grohsman and his dedicated team at Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape did a magnificent job with the design and implementation of the landscaping for our new home in Duluth, working closely with the two of us, David Salmela, our architect, and Jennifer Kampf, a landscaping consultant and colleague of Troys. Work preparing our property began in early August of 2011, and was done with a singular dedication to meeting a short timetable, together with a high degree of innovation and skill.
The scope of the landscaping done for us has included the following: The placement of Blue Grass Sod bordered by Aqua Antique Stone on the South Side of our House below a Blue Stone Terrace; Karl Forester Feather Reed Grasses bordering the deck on the north and south sides of the house; Native Little Bluestem Grasses throughout the rest of the property to the north, south, east and west; 3 Mountain Ash Trees on the southwest side, behind Miscanthus Flames grasses (There were older Mountain Ash Trees on the NE and SE corners of the property.); and 2 Serviceberry shrubs on the east side, behind Miscanthus Flame grasses.
Miller Creek also installed an Irrigation System described as follows: Rainbird #5004 Rotor Heads, Rainbird 1” Electric Zones/Valves w/In Ground Zone/Valve Boxes, Hands Free Multi-Zone Outdoor/Indoor Computer Controlled w/ Battery Backup. Water Supply 1.25’-100psi pipe and after valves 1”-100psi supply to heads Rain Sensor. This has been well maintained by Miller Creek, and their recommendation to install this system is one for which we are grateful.
Our continued work and relationship with Troy and Miller Creek has been exceptional, with a prompt response to all issues, ongoing lawn and maintenance services and their care and commitment to assure the healthy and successful evolution of the landscape design. The attached photos looking at our property from the north and south illustrate how their landscaping has enhanced the architectural beauty of our home.
Ed and Sherry Hall
We are extremely pleased with the services provided by Miller Creek. Troy was fabulous providing his technical expertise, design suggestions, and customer service. His crew was friendly, and extremely hard working – even while working 10 hour days in the 90 degree July heat. We were impressed and look forward to doing business with Miller Creek again.
Pat and Christina
Dan & Myself knew from the start, that professional landscaping & design help was going to be needed at our new lake home. We met with Troy at the building site one cold, windy, and very nasty fall day. He listened to our concerns and wishes for how best to utilize our outdoor space. The Miller Creek Landscaping team/members worked closely with us throughout our project. They were courteous, hardworking, helpful and knowledgeable with recommendations for which native plants and shrubs to use.
Many thanks to the whole Miller Creek Company!
Dan & Mary Hartel
Altec Hiline Testimonial
What a difference Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape made to our appearance. From the planters at our entryway, to in-ground plants and trees and even an irrigation system, they did it all. We asked Miller Creek to come in and help make us look like a professional business and they really gave us the WOW factor. Within weeks we had the plans presented and within months we had the exact look we wanted.
We couldn't have asked for anything more and the professional's on their staff were second to none. We maintain a working relationship with Miller Creek and have them continue to do our lawn care and yard maintenance.
Altec HiLine, LLC.
Michael & Juan Testimonial
Green with Envy!
We just moved here form Charlotte NC and we were in dire need of upgrading our landscaping needs for our new house we just purchased in Duluth MN. We were looking for some great ideas and were stuck on what we wanted. We asked around town and Miller Creek kept coming up and being highly recommended. We called Miller Creek and met up with Troy. Troy knows his stuff and gave us some great ideas based on what we had in mind and he sure delivered.
In addition we were very happy with seasonal arrangements for the outside of the home. We are very happy and delighted to be working with Troy and his crew. It is worth every penny!!! We are the envy of our neighbors, receiving every great complement from our landscape project and how much they really enjoy looking at it. Great Job you guys and can't wait for this year and to begin working with you guys again!
Thanks for a beautiful sight!!!
Michael and Juan
We could not be happier with the landscaping plan Troy designed and the Miller Creek team installed at our cabin in Ely. They turned our very plain yard into a beautiful inviting space with plants of varying textures and colors that blend beautifully with the surrounding woods. They also installed flagstone landings and an awesome stone fire pit with massive stone seats. We love it!
We were very pleased with the quality of the plants and trees and all of the preparation that went into the ground to ensure they would thrive. The young men in charge of our installation were incredible! Digging holes and laying flagstone is back breaking work and they persevered through the August heat, always making sure things were perfect. Troy personally came to our home many times to ensure everything was planted according to his vision. We highly recommend Troy and Miller Creek for their creative designs and beautiful installation!
Bill and Missy Bailey
Troy and his team did a great job with our front yard landscaping this past fall. Troy had some great ideas that we didn't think about, and his team was able to get all of the work done very timely. Any questions or concerns we had were addressed immediately and professionally. It looks beautiful and we have been able to enjoy our fire pit all winter. Thanks Troy and team!
We could not have chosen a more professional and experienced landscape company. Troy was awesome to work with. Not only was he enthusiastic about our project, but he came up with some really creative ideas.... The crew at Miller Creek were not only hard workers but they were also timely, courteous, and efficient. We are very happy with the way our project turned out! Great job!
Don & Sue Sell
Julie and I are so pleased with our patio project completed last summer by Miller Creek. When you came for our first consultation and discussed our project, we were impressed by your ability to take our ideas, assess our property, and come up with a beautiful design for our backyard. Your enthusiasm was evident and reflected throughout the project. You gave us an accurate estimate of costs, worked to help us cut costs when appropriate, and were willing to make changes as the project progressed. The crew that worked on our project were friendly and helpful in sharing their progress. The results are gorgeous and offer a wonderful space for us to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Ryan & Julie Jagim
We have worked with Miller Creek on several projects, including a paved driveway, a patio with adjacent retaining wall, and a beautiful flagstone path ending in a stacked semicircular wall. The work is very nicely done and the cleanup was great. We will be having Miller Creek do another retaining wall for us the Spring. We have always been satisfied, and Troy works with us to get just the look we want.
Ellie & Craft Dryer
After deciding that we wanted to replace our driveway, sidewalk and front landscape, we researched several local companies that complete this kind of work. We talked with several friends and neighbors about their experience with Troy and Miller Creek. We drove by several projects and checked out their work. We didn't hear one negative experience with Miller Creek and everyone was totally satisfied with their projects. Troy met with us and is so obviously enthusiastic about his work. He gave us many wonderful ideas that would be unique for our yard and home.
Our project was completed in the time that was estimated and it went quickly and smoothly. It was a thrill to come home after work to see the progress that happened each day. We were impressed with the professionalism of the young crew members who were obviously well-trained, extremely polite and courteous. The work area was always picked up each day and trash, discarded plants, etc. taken with the crew when they left the work site. The crew leader checked in with us each morning to tell us what was going to happen and what to expect that day. Troy checked in regularly and made sure we were satisfied with the progress of the work.
We are totally delighted with our new driveway, sidewalk, porch and landscape. We highly recommend Miller Creek to anyone considering this type of project. We would work with Troy again in an instant.
Becky Urbanski & Scott Junkert
We first met Troy Grohsman 3 years ago when we were ready to landscape our yard. He met several times with us to make sure he understood our thoughts. We are very pleased with the end product: garden where was once a hill; retaining wall and steps to a paved patio in the back; and paver entry way with landscaping to frame our entry.
We appreciate the incorporation of a "green vision" from the type of material used to fill in the beds to the environmental eye to sustaining our property for both human and animal eyes: butterflies allowed, deer deterred! This has resulted in a continuing relationship and a project plan that we could implement in stages.
Thank you to Troy and his professional team from the field to the office (Natasha has the best presence on the phone). The combination of our ideas and Troy's artistry is a partnership better than we could have hoped for when we first started out!
Ann and I want to thank you for the landscape project you completed at our house. Your expertise in designing a landscaping for our large home it was fantastic. It looks beautiful and your plans worked perfectly for our site. We were especially pleased with how you listened to our thoughts and ideas and incorporated them into the design.
We appreciated your hands-on approach, which made us feel comfortable with moving forward. You and your staff were very professional and courteous whenever on site. Your work crew was very respectful to our property, our very friendly dogs, and us. Everyone was exceptional and great to work with.
We are looking forward to working with you again
Mike and Ann Gibbons
As we were building our home we knew that landscaping would play an integral part in the overall beauty and enjoyment of our outdoor space. Miller Creek was recommended by our builder as a company that would provide the total package, in a very professional manner. We interviewed Troy and were impressed with his knowledge, his willingness to listen and take into account our desires and thoughts. He developed a comprehensive plan for our landscape for discussion and review. As a result of the front-end work and proposal that Troy and his team developed, we were quickly ready to move forward.
As we are situated at the bottom of the hill, drainage was a concern that was addressed through “French” drains, a retaining wall and appropriate topsoil placement and sloping. The project evolved from installation of the initial drainage focus to installation of a paver patio with pond and waterfall, driveway, retaining wall and sidewalk. Additionally, we utilized stones from old retaining walls on the property in building a dry stack retaining wall, accents around the pond and walking paths. A variety of plantings were included in the plan with the potential to move forward with more in the future.
The Miller Creek crew did a professional job and was hardworking. We will use Miller Creek for our future landscaping plans.
Mark and Linda Boben
My husband Joe and I want to tell you how pleased we are that we decided to use Miller Creek Landscaping to do our project of a beautiful brick patio and landscaping in our yard. From the first time Troy came to our house to talk about options until the last day of the project when he came to inspect the work, we felt extremely comfortable with him and his crew. They were very professional. What we appreciated so much was that when he said the crew would be here, they were here. We had a few rainy days during the installation of the patio, so in order to finish the project in time, for a scheduled party we had planned; they stayed late to get the job done.
The patio was exactly how we envisioned it and will give us many hours of enjoyment. During the week of June 20th, the water was flowing through our new patio like a waterfall. I called Troy and he was out immediately to scope it out. Some of our new sod had to be rolled up to act as sandbags to divert water, which he did and yesterday a crew was back to lay the sod back in place.
We would and will recommend Miller Creek Landscape to all our friends and family and plan on making our back yard into an oasis.
Joe and Linda Jeannette
Our primary goal for this project was to install a front sidewalk and steps up a rather steep slope. We also wanted to replace overgrown terrace plantings with an attractive variety of plants and shrubs having a mature size that would prevent overcrowding. Miller Creek worked with us to develop a design that met our goals and materials that provided the look and feel we wanted.
It was fun to watch the project progress through preparation, plantings, installation of the steps, and finishing touches. We developed a good relationship with Miller Creek staff and admire the craftsmanship as they transformed the plan into reality. Everything turned out great! The overall impression is exactly what we wanted and perfectly blends with the house and existing landscape elements. We love the centerpiece bluestone steps and are excited to see the new plantings bloom this spring.
Diane & Craig Markell
We contacted Troy Grohsman in the summer of 2014 for a sizable landscape project. We selected Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape because of Troy's innovative and functional designs, his ability to communicate his vision effectively, years of experience and his kind and respectful demeanor. He visited our home multiple times to finalize our design, furnish samples of materials, listen patiently to our concerns, and explain solutions and options. The project for our yard included the complete removal of almost everything surrounding our entire home, the installation of pavers for a driveway, carport, pathway, patio, and fireplace area, retaining walls, a dry creek bed with boulders, trees/shrubs, sod and an irrigation system.
Troy and his crew worked very hard and diligently on our yard from beginning to end in all types of weather. His crew was friendly, considerate, well mannered, took pride in their work, and left the site clean each day. We were very impressed with Troy's superior knowledge of proper grade, drainage solutions, his choice of high quality materials and the installation of hardscape materials. We are confident knowing we not only have an extraordinary design, but one that will function and last for many years. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Troy, for undertaking such a complex landscaping revision project with desire, professionalism, honesty, and dedication. His personal involvement and commitment are attributes seldom found in the business world today. It was a pleasure to work with him.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape by taking advantage of their lawn care services, maintenance of our irrigation system, shrub care and the installation of an outdoor fireplace, lighting and additional plantings to finish off our look. If you are searching for a landscaper that is trustworthy, conscientious, reliable, and responds to your inquiries quickly, visits your site several times a day, and is committed to ensuring your complete satisfaction; choose Troy of Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape.
To say we love our “new” yard is an understatement. We admire it every time we drive up to our home or relax in our backyard. It has exceeded our expectations with every detail addressed. To sum it up, Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape is a “Customer-Focused” company.
Tom and Julie Benson
Just like a story, there are two sides to every house-the inside and the outside. When we purchased our home nine years ago, it was in need of a major renovation. We had a clear vision for the inside and knew exactly what we wanted to accomplish: from colors, to flooring, to the overall look and feel. Basically, we ignored the outside while we concentrated on remodeling the inside. Our neighbors wondered if we would EVER get around to landscaping the outside. Oftentimes, outdoor spaces are the most ignored aspect of a remodeling project. Our back yard was such a disaster that we didn't even venture out there for the last three years! The main reason we struggled with the back yard was the lack of vision and ideas. After contacting and consulting with some local landscapers, it became evident that they didn't have any vision or ideas either. Enter Troy and the Miller Creek Landscape crew!
From Troy's first visit to our backyard, he was able to envision a design that took into account all of the items on our wish list. He was able to actually create a comfortable living space outside, to mirror our existing inside living space. The entire process from the development of the design to the completion of the project was totally seamless. The Miller Creek crew was top-notch; they were respectful, experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The transformation of our back yard was amazing. Thanks to Troy and his crew, our back yard is truly an oasis. Finally, we can venture outside and enjoy ALL of our home...the inside and the outside. We can't wait to see what Troy has in mind for our front yard!
Craig and Ann Martin
Troy and the team at Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape did a beautiful job with our backyard. We had a rock outcropping that we knew would make a great focal point, but we could not figure out a good design. We also had a small concrete slab for a patio, and wanted to enlarge the entertaining space. Miller Creek was one of two companies we contacted for an estimate the fall prior to working being done. Troy made all appointments as promised, and followed up with us as promised as we revieved the plans. The crew came and did the work as drawn up, and we are very happy. We will be contacting Miller Creek for future work.
Bruce and Lisa Reeves
Working with Troy and Miller Creek Landscaping was extremely exhilarating. I had definite ideas about what I wanted; however, Troy took those ideas and expanded them to something so much more to my liking than anything I could have imagined. He has a real sense of how to incorporate his designs into the property and the natural setting. His employees were all a joy to have on the property - their work ethic was admirable, and they did what they could to keep the disruption to a minimum as their work progressed. I highly recommend Troy and this company.
After 10 years of thinking "I" was going to do some landscaping, we finally realized it was time to call in the professionals. My first good landscaping decision. After asking around it was clear to us that Troy and his firm were the ones for the job. Troy visited our home and returned with ideas we never would have thought of. He is truly an artist. Having agreed on a design, we hired Miller Creek, my second good landscaping decision, to do the job. Troy sent his crews out to complete the task and they were here when they said they would be, they were very polite and professional and they made sure (daily) we were happy with our plan. After completion, it was evident that Troy and his company were the right choice. After watching all the prep work his crews do, I can't imagine having attempted this on my own. Now that is is completed and looks great, I wish we would have contacted them 10 years ago! Thank you Troy (and crew) for a job well done.
Scott, Cindy & Genna Kellett
We were excited to plan a new paver driveway but wondered if the project would go as hoped. Once we met Troy Grohsman, the owner, we felt confident that we had the best company for our job. We were very impressed with Troy's experience and total understanding of our concerns. We had a date that we needed to work around and Miller Creek accommodated us as planned. Not only did they start when expected, July 2015, but the workers came daily until everything was finished. The workers were very respectful, hard working, knowledgeable and conscientious. Whenever we had a question, Troy was always available for our calls and he came to check on the project. Once the job was completed, we needed a few small adjustments but everything was quickly resolved. We know they stand behind their work and will always be available to us. Our driveway is beautiful and we hightly recommend Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape.
Bette Jo & Tony Greaton
Our experience with Miller Creek was entirely positive. Troy and company were good listeners, easy to communicate with and understood our particular needs very well. They made it easy to make the right decisions in a pragmatic plan and didn't try to sell us anything we didn't need. Our challenge in Duluth are the deer, which devour almost everything. This company is attuned to that reality and designs and plants accordingly.
Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape worked with me on a master landscape project after completing a new home construction project in 2015. This included all foundation garden design and plantings, multiple boulder walls, installation of a fountain feature, dry rock creek bed, laying of sod, seeding of fields, and planting of many trees. Troy at Miller Creek is great to work with! He is creative, organized, responsive, practical, flexible, thoughtful,and reliable. His team is professional, courteous, and skilled. He and his team are committed to customer service and satisfaction from start to finish. I would highly recommend their services for any landscape project!