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 Troy’s. 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
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 and 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!
Sincerely Helen Harris
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
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