Scottie’s Log and Landscape offers personal service and added curb appeal
By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
The belated spring has those who love to play in the dirt chomping at the bit, including Scott Saehr, owner of Scottie’s Log and Landscape in Pierz.
Saehr grew up on a farm in Pierz, graduated from Healy High School and from the University of St. Thomas, where he played football and earned an entrepeneurship degree.
It was when he moved to Duluth to be near Emily, who has been his wife for nearly two years, that he began working with a landscaping company to help pay off students loans and bills and learned to love it. Emily attended St. Scholastica and earned a nursing degree. She works at the Public Health office in Stearns County.
While in Duluth, Saehr learned every aspect of landscaping and lawn care, including cold-calling on customers, where he knew for every 10 doors he knocked on, he’d hear “no” nine times. But that one “yes” is what he worked for.
With an old Jeep Liberty and a handmade trailer, and a couple of other tools, Saehr threw himself into designing, installing paver sidewalks, building rock and retainer walls, plant work, mulching and even mowing lawns.
Dealing with people is one of his favorite parts of the business. It doesn’t hurt that he likes to work with his hands and get into the dirt.
With an entrepeneurship degree, Saehr knew he wanted to start his own business and landscaping was an area he enjoyed.
In high school, Saehr learned to build log furniture in Paul Gruber’s class. It’s a craft he still enjoys.
Using wood cut out of an overpopulated forested area, Saehr incorporates his focus to be as “green” as he can be, respecting nature and leaving nothing to waste.
Saehr said he enjoys the precise work, calls himself “particular” when it comes to the work. He can custom-build whatever a customer wants — such as the armoire he is currently working on — which will be a one-of-a-kind piece when finished. He likes to use pine and soft woods.
Incorporating both, Saehr decided to call his business “Scottie’s Log and Landscape.”
As part of his service, Saehr prefers to visit with a customer at their home, doing a walk-through in the yard and finding out what their ideas are and offers some of his own to bring those ideas to life.
Together, using his expertise in design and plant selection, know-how in what will grow and complement the home, they can create a landscape that offers enjoyment for the homeowner and adds value to their home.
Saehr said he likes to plan a landscape incorporating shrubs and plants that flower in the spring, summer and fall, offering a balance and ensuring color throughout the season. All while working within the customer’s budget. He considers no job too small.
He has hired one employee to help in his landscaping business and plans to hire another, adding to job and community growth.
Emily, a bit of a shutter-bug, has started the process of photographing projects, before and after, to showcase what can be done, and offers her own ideas in the design process, Saehr said.
The couple lives in Harding with their two Shelties, Pennie and Dixie. A bit of the farm boy Saehr once was is evident as he also tends to a flock of 15 sheep.
“I like to keep busy,” he said. And as for getting outside to work in his own yard or someone else’s, “I can’t wait,” he said.
To contact Saehr, call (320) 260-2042 or visit www.scotties logandlandscape.com.