08/01/2014 05:33PM ● Published by Style
Patrick Grady – Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Grady Landscapes is a full-service landscape maintenance and construction company based out of Amador County, but serving El Dorado County as well. I specialize in irrigation efficiency and sustainable-drought-tolerant planting. My business sort of found me. I had been working in San Luis Obispo after graduating from Cal Poly in horticulture in 2007 and was ready to move back to my hometown when I found the perfect business for sale. I bought it in November and the rest is history.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
My first job was mowing lawns and doing yard work for $5 an hour when I was 12 years old. I learned the value of hard work; looking back, it really taught me to make sure your work is your passion. At the time, however, I didn’t think it would become my career.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
I like to get personally involved in every aspect of the business and, as a perfectionist, don’t settle for anything less than perfect. I like working with people who have a passion for the industry, instead of someone who’s solely looking to collect a paycheck.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
The Fat Rabbit Public House—large portions and good beer…nothing beats that!
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
The California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills. They have so much to offer, including attractions and activities for tourists and locals alike. It’s a great place to find a weekend getaway.
And finally, customer service is…?
The glue that holds a company together. I want people’s first experience with Grady Landscapes to be the best, and customer service is how that can be possible.