NAME: SCOTT WILSON
Job: Owner and President, Wilson's Landscaping and Lawn Service Inc./Wilson's Irrigation Services LLC at 106 Service St. in Swansea (416-5393)
Outlook: "One call does it all."
After about two decades in the landscaping business, Scott Wilson has seen it all. But recent winter storm that dumped several inches and more than foot of snow in some the northern reaches of the metro-east area kept his snow removal service in demand. Wilson recently sat down with business writer Will Buss to share discuss his landscaping and irrigation businesses:
Q: So how busy were you after the recent snow storm?
A: "We had a lot to do. We had a lot commercial clients and then we do some residential as well. It kept us quite busy for about 30 hours."
Q: What do you mean by "One call does it all?"
A: "That concept means that you can call us for fertilizing, you can call us for irrigation, you can call us for mowing, you can call us for snow removal, you can call us for anything that you want done on the outside, and our company has the ability to take care of it. With a majority of the other companies, there is one facet. They either do snow removal or they mow lawns. They just don't have the total all-around services that we have."
Q: What are all of the services your businesses provides?
A: "We have the landscaping, which includes lawn mowing, lawn maintenance, fertilization-type programs, spring and fall cleanup programs that we offer, gutter cleaning, desk cleaning, deck staining, fence work that we do, retaining walls, landscape design and many other things that we do. In irrigation, we do new irrigation installs, we do new irrigation work orders as far as for commercial if they have a pre-existing one we work on all types of irrigation systems. So we do irrigation maintenance, spring startups and a winterization program."
Q: How long have you been in business here?
A: "For 19 years."
Q: What led into this business?
A: "I work for the government. I work for the Air Force as a civilian and I'm the finance manager out there. I just didn't want to rely only on the government income. I've been doing that for 34 years. I didn't know how stable that would be. So I started doing this. I started with a one-man truck and a mower and a weed-eater and built it up to what we have today."
Q: Why landscaping?
A: "Because I always enjoyed it. When my dad built homes, there was a lot of roofing and a lot of things that we did on homes, but we never had anything on the ground done. So we had three homes that had nothing on the ground, and my dad asked me, many years ago, what would it take? I said that I'll get a tractor and find out. That's kind of how it transitioned into that. I still had the love for it when I went into the air force and then several years later, I still had the love for that, too."
Q: Were you an airman in the air force?
A: "Yes, I was active duty in the air force (at Scott Air Force Base)."
Q: For how long?
A: "I was active duty for 10 years."
Q: When did you start your landscaping and irrigating services?
A: "As soon as I got out of active duty and I was going into the Air Force Reserve, I said this might be a good point for me to go ahead and start going into that."
Q: What have you enjoyed most about the landscaping and irrigation business?
A: "Working with people. We have some great people that we work for and with. And there are some great people who work for us. So it's just the camaraderie of being together and unified as a family. I think that's the key that I like the most, and the ability to make other people's yards look like what you want your yard to look like."
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.