Portsmouth Business Owner Expands At Age 23
Portsmouth resident and young entrepreneur provides services to one-third of Rhode Island.
A Portsmouth resident and young entrepreneur, who started his business at the incredibly young age of 17 and has grown it to employ around 14 employees, is now expanding his services.
Weed Man, a lawn care service, will become officially operational this March.
At 23 years old, Gairad DeCastro is the sole owner and operator of DeCastro Landscaping and has been in business for six years, providing landscaping needs for all of Newport County and Bristol County, plus parts of Washington County and Kent County.
When Gairad was a child, his father passed away and his mother remarried into the DeCastro family, taking Gairad in and adopting him to become part of the family.
With his DeCastro family owning and operating DeCastro Farms – a local garden and produce center – founded by his grandfather, Gairad developed a passion for the green industry and branched out on his own the moment he got his driver’s license, mowing lawns and saving money to one day open his own green business.
At age 17, he launched DeCastro Landscaping without accepting any financial assistance.
Only six years later, he is now launching a new service to fill clients' needs.
Weed Man is a lawn care franchise company, offering environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services.
The Weed Man franchise has been in business for more than 40 years and currently has more than 265 territories throughout the United States.