The Pasadena area is renowned for its inordinately large number of beautiful estates. Homeowners take pride in their abodes, which means that a hard-working, no-nonsense landscaper like Tom Tuzzolino is in great demand. Californian as he is, Tom represents all the characteristics of his Italian immigrant heritage â€“entrepreneurial, naturally artistic and creative, honest, and old-world hard-working.
Tuzzolino started his business, â€œTomâ€™s Picture Perfect Landscape,â€ in 1986, which has at different times been based in Pasadena, San Marino, and now Arcadia.
Heâ€™s a no-nonsense kind of guy who gets down to the brass tacks of what his success was all about:
â€œWe do landscape design and construction. We do a lot of water features, driveways, patio covers, fireplaces, fire pits, barbecues, basically complete remodels.â€
How did Tuzzolino get started in the landscaping business?
â€œI grew up in Arcadia. I started mowing lawns right after high school and thatâ€™s how I got in. I just started learning this stuff and using the right people â€“ the right subs and just doing all quality work.â€
A big part of Picture Perfectâ€™s quality assurance is that Tuzzolino, besides designing, works personally on all of his jobs. Thatâ€™s a lot of time spent outdoors. What is the attraction in being a hands-on boss?
â€œI just love being outside,â€ he says. â€œNot having to deal with the same place, same thing, everyday. I havenâ€™t worn a tie probably since my wedding twenty years ago.
â€œStuff takes a little longer because I donâ€™t have 20 guys. But itâ€™s really satisfying when itâ€™s done.â€
Tuzzolino sounds a little like a workaholic. Does he ever relax?
â€œIâ€™m a softball manager with my daughters,â€ he tells us. â€œI spend half my time doing that. I like fishing and camping when I have free time. Iâ€™ve never skied or snowboarded or any of that stuff because I was always afraid of getting hurt because I donâ€™t have a bunch of employees. I bought my first house when I was twenty-two, my buddies were all busy having fun, and I was out working hard.
â€œWhen my grandpa came over from Italy, he was all about working hard and being honest,â€ Tuzzolino explains. â€œDonâ€™t ever cheat anybody and youâ€™ll always have work. My Dad was a fire chief in LA; always had a side job, worked since he was 15 years old. He retired at 47, which is crazy. But I donâ€™t have any plans to retire. I love what I do!â€
For more about Tom’s Picture Perfect Landscaping, call (626) 443-3131 or visitÂ www.tomspictureperfectlandscape.com.