We had the good fortune of connecting with Dion Johnson Sr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dion, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
LawnSpa heavily devotes its energy to giving back to the community through varying ways, including partnering with Project Evergreen by offering free lawn care for military families.
Another important aspect of our giving back to the community entails providing free landscape services for a single mother within each landscaping season.
Outside of offering free landscape services, LawnSpa donates clothes, canned goods, and perishable food items to local women’s shelters and food banks.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In 2015, I was working as a campus director of a truck driving school. During that time, I thought that there was something missing. Deep down, I knew that I wanted more for my family and myself. So, my wife and I took a leap of faith and started LawnSpa. We started with two push lawn mowers.
In the beginning, I would go door to door asking if people wanted there lawn serviced.
My brother Joshua and I would mow every Saturday and Sunday on my off days. We worked so hard to build our clientele back then. When I lost my job, we started mowing seven days a week sunup to sundown.
Our hard work ultimately paid off. Now, LawnSpa is a full service landscaping company that services hundreds of clients in Metro Atlanta. LawnSpa has a expert team that offers all-inclusive outdoor maintenance.
LawnSpa offers a free lawn analysis to clients that want to improve their property’s curb appeal. In particular, licensed arborist go to property, assess, and determine customized plans. LawnSpa can handle all your landscaping needs from A to Z.
As successful as LawnSpa is now, our company is not without struggles.
During our third year of operation, I injured my shoulder and eye which will require surgery at some point, my trailer and equipment was stolen, and we lost our biggest commercial client at the time. As a result I had to work 3 jobs a day during the fall and winter to keep our company alive.
Hardship and setbacks will determine what you are made of. I learned invaluable lessons about perseverance, grit, family, and faith.
Fortunately, my family is always here to back me up. My wife, Daphne Johnson handles our company’s payroll, compliance, and book keeping. Our youngest daughters, Dakota and Zoe take photos of work occasionally with me. Our oldest daughter Deanna works on social media marketing. My parents Bernard Johnson Sr. and Debra Johnson have handed out flyers and business cards.
I am a living testament to God’s grace through storm. LawnSpa’s journey has not always been easily. As a result of our hard-work, dedication and commitment to quality service we were awarded landscaping contracts in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina for Spring 2022.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Proverbs 13:22: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. My advice to anyone is stop talking and do the work. The life, relationship, business, or job you want must be earned. Your efforts today impact future generations. You either get paid for decisions you made years ago, or you pay for decisions you made years ago. Choose wisely.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta is filled with civil rights history. I suggest visiting the Apex Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Acquriaum. If you like soul food I strongly suggest Paschal’s and Busy Bee Cafe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my supportive, beautiful, and intelligent Queen Daphne D. Johnson aka Queen Shinny. Thank you for standing by me through the good and bad days. You wear dual hats and your work behind scenes allows me to devote so much time to our company. I can’t thank you enough for being a blessing to my entire existence. Your a great mother and wonderful wife. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without you. I’m forever grateful that you are my wife. Love you always.
To my kids Deanna, Dakota, Zoe, and Dion II you are my greatest pride and motivation! LawnSpa is being built for you and future generations of our family. Daddy loves you.
To my parents Bernard Johnson Sr. and Debra Johnson thanks for being great parents. You instilled the importance of faith, family, and integrity. My tireless work ethic is from my father and entrepreneurial spirit is from my mom. I couldn’t ask for better parents. Love you both.
To my brother Joshua Johnson there are no words to describe what you’ve meant to our Company’s success. You worked tirelessly with me from day one to get us here. I couldn’t have survived in the beginning without your help. Love you Bro.
To my older brother’s Bernard Johnson Jr. and Rick Wylie Jr. thanks for being sounding boards on issues ranging from employees to strategic planning. Your counsel and support doesn’t go unnoticed. Love you both.
Lastly, I want to take the time to say thanks to all our past and present clients, staff, family and friends that share,like, and promote LawnSpa. Thank you for your business and encouraging words.
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