John Anthony Kwasek Sr. began his landscaping career 35 years ago in Framingham. In addition to working with happy customers, Kwasek Sr. says he is thrilled by the before-and-after aspect of his business. “To me, it’s a joy to go into a spring cleanup where it looks like a tornado hit it,” he says. “Then, after we’re done, we get to see how nice it looks — so much sweeter and neater. You get instant gratification.”
After three decades in the field, Kwasek Sr. has found another source of joy in his work as he welcomes his son, John Kwasek Jr., to the business. Kwasek Jr. previously worked for another landscaping company and has a degree in landscape contracting from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Late last year, I decided it was time to make a change, time to join the family business and to use my experiences to help it grow,” Kwasek Jr. says.
“I’m very happy that my son’s coming on,” Kwasek Sr. says. “He’s bringing the business to a different level. He’s got all the knowledge and skills to do so, and I’m excited to be working alongside him.”
The family-owned business offers residential and commercial landscape maintenance and management. Services include spring and fall cleanups, mulching, aeration, plant design and installation, seeding, fertilizing, mowing and sod installation. In the winter months, they offer snow removal and ice management.
In addition to these services, Kwasek Jr. specializes in efficient, responsive management. “I like clients who want a one-stop shop,” he says. “I’ll find you what you need, even if it’s something we don’t currently offer. Customers want an easy button, and we want to be that button for them.”
As spring rolls in, “Cleanups and mulch are a priority for many customers to start the season off on the right foot,” Kwasek Jr. says. “We’re here to provide high-level plant design and installation to guide clients through the remainder of the landscape season as well.”
One recent project the team is proud of is the planting of about 2,000 tulips near the end of the Boston Marathon finish line at 200 Clarendon Street. They hope a stunning blanket of yellow flowers will be in full bloom by April 18.
Operating amid low unemployment rates and within an industry where labor can be a challenge, Kwasek Jr. says one of his goals for growing the business is to ensure a healthy company culture. “I want to create a work environment that is extremely inclusive,” he says, “where people are happy to go to work, happy to stick by us in good times and bad, and there’s a level of trust among everyone.”
The growing team at John Anthony’s is eager to help local residents and businesses with their beautification needs. Customer service is a priority, and the company promises a 24-hour response to all inquiries. To learn more, visit john-anthonys.com or call 617-686-2261.
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