I have lived in the Cedar Rapids area my entire life. I’ve owned houses, commercial building and apartments. To say the least I’m in regular need of all types of service companies. Several years ago I wanted to have outdoor
lighting installed on  my house and around my property. Like most people today I grabbed my phone and did a search. The first company I called had a disconnected phone number. The second company I called was answered by a home style answering machine. I’m kind of impulsive and spontaneous so I really wanted a human who could give me information over the phone to see if I wanted to go any further without wasting time. My next call was to Outdoor Creations. The man I talked to ask me as many questions as I as him. He made me aware of the benefits of LED lighting. The warranty and energy savings
were surprising to me. He quickly gave me options and explaining rough cost of those options. A day later a couple of there staff walked around with me taking notes will I gave them my wish list for my project. Within a couple of days I received a call and someone went over the entire estimate material and labor cost with me. Soon after that they started doing the installation and other than going home at the end of the day they never left my job site till everything was complete. Since the completion of my project I have
never had anything except perfect service. I had a mole eat through a ground wire, and had one light that failed midwinter and it was covered under warranty, my kids also broke a light with a remote control car however, I have never had a quality or material issue with anything. I’d like to add that my project was a pretty big job and this has left me very impressed with Outdoor Creations. This is not the typical result I feel from most of my vendor experiences. I have used them several times on different jobs and referred them whenever I can. Really can not say enough for this great company!

Tim David

Thank you to Leah and the Outdoor Creations crew for your help and hard work with our new landscaping. You were very respectful of our time, budget, and property. The tear out and planting went great and the new edging and rock freshen up the entire yard. We appreciate all of your plant recommendations and can’t wait to see it in full bloom! What an amazing transformation from all of the old, overgrown shrubs. Your direct contact, follow-up, and attention to details made the choice an easy one. We receive lots of compliments on our landscaping and appreciate all the hard work and ‘extras’ you made happen for us.

Derek and Jodi from Cedar Rapids.

“I want to say again that we were very pleased with how the job came out. I would not hesitate to use your company again. Leah, Jordan and the whole crew acted very professionally and were very quick to answer questions as they arose. The cleanup and re-sodding of the tracks across the yard turned out just great.”

-Dave Harris

We couldn’t be happier with our new outdoor living space. Outdoor Creations listened to our ideas and presented us with great options for our outdoor patio, fire pit, and lighting improvements for our deck. They completed the project on-time and kept us informed along the way. We will not hesitate to use them again for our next outdoor project.

Chris

AMAZING……..absolutely amazing.

Thank you so much, the yard looks spectacular!!! We are so pleased. Your crew was great, helpful, professional, respectful……..good guys!!!

The re-grading is incredible. We are so pleased.

We were able to let all of our family LOOK AT it through the windows this weekend and they were all in awe!

One of the special things we were able to share with Jeff’s family was that we were working with a “Monticello native”. They all knew the name!

Again, thank you……It was great working with you. We hope to be doing more business with you in the future.

Just a tremendous job, really finishes the construction!!!

Thank you,

Pam and Jeff Haag

Our experience with Outdoor Creations Landscape & Design was fantastic. In
autumn 2011, we wanted to fix a large retaining wall that was sagging due to
poor initial installation by a different landscaper a couple of years
earlier. Kevin was prompt in visiting our house to assess the project and
shared his ideas for a plan. We were impressed with Kevin’s helpful attitude
and his knowledge about landscaping.

We got the immediate sense he was fair and honest. His bid was amazingly
competitive compared to other landscapers we talked to about our project. We
were so impressed, we ended up expanding the project and having Kevin add a
second large tier of blocks and planting terraces to the wall when they
fixed the original.

Steve, his main wall installer, was very professional and did great work.
They also completed a couple of smaller items after the wall was done,
including adding some river rock around the house and fixing two downspout
drain tiles that were prone to freezing and backing up in the winter. We
have already talked to Kevin about helping us next spring with some shrub,
decorative grass, and other plantings to fill in the terraces of the new
wall.

We are well pleased with all aspects of Kevin’s work and recommend Outdoor
Creations without reservation to anybody looking for an honest, talented,
thorough, and affordable landscaper.

Dan and Anna Kitzmann Iowa City, IA

We were very happy with our experience with Outdoor Creations from the consultation phase to the completion of the project.  Kevin and his employees were very professional.  They sought our input and made sure that we approved of each step of the project before going on to the next.  They were very easy to work with and were very good about answering any questions we had.  We were very happy with the outcome of our project and would definitely recommend them!

Todd & Aimee

We hired Kevin Manternach of Outdoor Creations to help solve our problem of having a corn field drain into our yard.  Our yard was often filled with puddles after a rainfall or snowmelt and our sump pump ran constantly to keep up with the water.   Kevin took the time to listen to our concerns and checked out our current landscape.  He came up with a plan to add tiling through our yard to drain the water away from the house.  The project was done quickly and professionally and the cost was very fair.  We have seen a major decrease in the amount of water standing in our yard after a rain or snowmelt as well as a decrease in the frequency that our sump pump has to run.  We thank Kevin for solving our water problem.  We highly recommend Outdoor Creations and would use them again for our future landscaping needs.

Jason and Alison West

I hired Outdoor Creations via a recommendation from my neighbor. The work included a retaining wall, a set of block stairs,  some tiling work, and new sod for my front and side yards.

They took my list of requests and designed a backyard  that was exactly what I was looking for.

I liked their work  so much I had them do some additional landscaping in the front yard which also turned out great!

Kevin and his guys are excellent to work with, their pricing is affordable, and I will be calling them back when it’s time to do an outdoor patio!

Two thumbs up!

Brian and Kathy Logan

Plum Creek Golf Course hired the services of Outdoor Creations to design a landscape and plant shrubs around our grill house.   The project was above and beyond our expectations.   Numerous compliments were received from local and visiting golfers. We highly recommend Outdoor Creations for all your seasonal landscaping projects!

Kathy Schmadeke, Manager Plum Creek Golf Course

We have had Kevin Manternach (Outdoor Creations) do several projects for us.  Kevin not only has an open ear for our thoughts, he also has a combination of creative talent and experience.  Kevin has done a large number and variety of projects he can draw.  Kevin provided us great options and we ended-up with what we thought met our needs.  Kevin has done an exceptional job on a variety of projects for us, from over 100′ of sidewalk made out of paving bricks, to a specially lit flag and pole area, to landscaping and yard and garden care.  He has done these projects in a way that if we decide to expand in the future, it is expandable.  Kevin came in with a fair estimate in advance of the job and his final cost was very fair.  I love people that are super dedicated to their work and do their work exceptionally well…Kevin is one of those individuals.  We would highly recommend Kevin and we will use him again in the future.

Charlie & Pat Becker

I hired Outdoor Creations as my sub-pump had quit working. As I had it repaired I found that the tile line was blocked with tree roots. I had a large amount of water pooling on my lawn. I also wanted some rock installed around landscaping as I had mulch and was tired of adding mulch every year. Kevin listened to everything that I wanted and kept me informed of the estimated time that this would be completed and worked with my neighbor to ensure the job was done properly.
The crew did an excellent job of setting up new tile and landscaping with new rock. They cleaned up after their work and were very kind and courteous.

I highly recommend Outdoor Creations and I will use them again if I have the need.

Cindy Helle

We contracted outdoor creations to complete a fairly extensive landscaping project in the front of our home and around our new pool. They were able to take our vague ideas and turn it into a layout. The initial plan was great and only required minimal adjustments to make it perfect. The crew worked hard and efficiently. During the project the crew identified several issues with the grade of our property and made adjustments to the project to give us what we wanted and what we needed. We as homeowners felt very involved in all of the decision making. The end result came quickly and was exactly we we wanted. Within days of the projects completion we had received many positive comments from our neighbors.

-C

We suffered a huge flood in June of 2014, much with the rest of Mount Vernon and Lisbon. We scheduled Outdoor Creations to replace our metal framed window wells with stone and regrade the entire back yard to keep water flowing properly. Kevin was very responsive to emails and answered all of my questions leading up to the start of the project. It only took the crew three days to finish the project, and they were a pleasure to talk to and ask questions of during the process.

The final result looked fantastic. Not only did it look good, but it functioned properly as well. We had a heavy rain several days after they finished. Normally my sump pump would run every 60 seconds. It now only runs every 8-10 minutes. If that isn’t a drastic improvement I don’t know what is. In addition to that, I emailed Kevin because I noticed some standing water in an small area. I figured it was most likely due to the sod not having rooted yet, and mentioned as such because I just wanted to be sure. That didn’t stop them from driving out within hours and double checking everything to make small adjustments as needed.

Outdoor Creations is incredibly accommodating, and I will be using them for all future outdoor projects. Thanks again!

-Chris and Sarah Clough

I had a couple of minutes today so I wanted to send a quick email in regards to the most recent landscaping work we had completed. I wanted to let you know how happy we are with the way everything turned out and that the completed project far exceeded our expectations. The new walls, steps, and pavers have made a dramatic improvement on the overall landscaping in the backyard and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

I also want to thank you for doing such a great job of keeping us updated on the status of the project. Even though the project was pushed back from the initial start date due to weather, you always made sure we were kept in the loop by providing regular email and phone updates. I would also like to commend Jordan and Logan for the work they did. Not only did they do an amazing job on the landscaping, they were also very conscious of how they left the job site each day and always made sure to have everything cleaned up when they were done. They also took the time to answer any questions I had about the project and provided suggestions on wall direction, grading, rock placement, etc.

We’ve had numerous family and friends visit since the project was completed and we are always happy to show off the new landscaping. Everyone is always impressed with the finished product and we’ve been receiving numerous compliments on the new backyard. Again, we are extremely happy with the completed project as well as our experience with Outdoor Creations. Everyone we dealt with was very friendly and more than willing to answer any questions we had or provide suggestions for the project. We will definitely be contacting you for all our future landscaping projects and will have no problem recommending you to any family or friends. Thanks again!

Tyler and Ashley

I’ve been pretty swamped at work, and since I finally have a minute I just
wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how well your crew kept me in
the loop while they were here. They did a fantastic job, and are a great
group of young men. I’m terrible remembering names but your crew leader is
great to work with, and solved every issue with creativity and skill. If we
decide to have any landscaping work done in the future I want him to handle
it. I will gladly recommend Outdoor Creations to anyone thinking about
improving their outdoor living space.
Thanks to you and your Crew.

David C. Brown

Outdoor Creations was wonderful to work with! We had a large retaining wall built and are very happy with the finished project. The crew kept us in the loop on how things were going and stayed on schedule despite several unforeseen complications with our property. I would recommend them to anyone who values quality workmanship.

Steve and Carmen Welch

We had a “vision” of what we wanted in a new patio and worked with Kevin to implement it. His cooperation and suggestions made planning it fairly simple.

As the work began, Kevin and Steve ,who headed the Outdoor Creations crew, offered additional suggestions, which resulted in improving our original design. And it was all done during 2010’s awful summer heat!

As a result of Steve’s work on our patio, and Outdoor Creations flexibility and cooperation, we had a new front walkway put in which not only matches the beauty of our patio but resolved a serious drainage problem.

We’re very happy with our experience with Outdoor Creations!

Jim & Andrea Farren

Kevin and his crew were great to work with.  Kevin went out of his way to locate a certain shrub that I wanted.  But most of all, I appreciated the tidiness of the crew & project.  When I came home at the end of day, other than the addition of trees & shrubs to my lawn, I would not have known anyone was even there!

Linda

Outdoor Creations has been maintaining my lawn for several years now and the service is exceptional!  The results I’ve gotten are far superior to ANY company I’ve tried before and the rates are very reasonable.  Kevin takes the time to listen and to understand exactly what I want and carefully formulates a plan to make that happen.  I’ve referred many family members and friends to Outdoor Creations and none of them have been disappointed!

Shannon Benter

I was so impressed with the landscaping project at the new sports complex in Monticello that I had to have a design for an unused area at the Berndes Center.   Kevin Manternach of Outdoor Creations produced a visually balanced design that when completed, received numerous compliments.   Phase I is now pleasing to the eye and a topic of conversation.

The work that Kevin and his crew did, from the design to the finished project to the explanation of the care and upkeep of the plants, was more than I expected.   They went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the completed project.   They put the same care and knowledge into my smaller projects as he does with any larger ones.   If I have questions, I can call any time.

From start to finish it is a professional experience and I am looking forward to working with them again for Phase II in 2009.

Tami Bartram Monticello Parks & Recreation Director

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