Busi­ness bloomed out of love of grow­ing plants

The Tribune (NZ) - - EXPERIENCE MANAWATU -

Ross Todd has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing one of the good guys in the Feild­ing com­mu­nity.

His easy-go­ing and ap­proach­able man­ner, ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge make it easy when it comes to dis­cussing all your land­scap­ing needs.

Gar­den­ing is a pas­sion with Ross, along with go­ing fish­ing and rugby.

‘‘I think I would be out fish­ing ev­ery day if I didn’t have to come to work seven days,’’ jokes Ross.

‘‘Both of my grand­fa­thers and my fa­ther were very keen gar­den­ers and they all had big veg­etable gar­dens.

‘‘As a young­ster I en­joyed be­ing part of what they were do­ing and learn­ing from them. See­ing plants grow is a won­der­ful sight.’’

It is almost five years since he opened his busi­ness Rosco’s Bulk Yard in at 36 Glad­stone Street, Feild­ing.

Ross is very much a lo­cal boy, hav­ing at­tended school at St Joseph’s and later Feild­ing High School where he loved the hand­son hor­ti­cul­ture classes.

He was a keen cricket player for the school’s 1st XI team as well as play­ing rugby and golf and was an un­der 14 Manawatu Tennis rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Af­ter leav­ing school Ros be­gan work for a roof­ing man­u­fac­turer, then went farm­ing and onto con­tract­ing for two lo­cal road­ing com­pa­nies. He then went line haul truck driv­ing.

With Ross’s proven hard work ethic, set­ting up Rosco’s Bulk Yard gar­den and land­scape sup­plies was the per­fect fit for him when he chose to start his own busi­ness.

Ross and his wife Shar­lene love be­ing part of the Manawatu com­mu­nity. And it is this wider com­mu­nity that reg­u­larly seeks his sen­si­ble ad­vice when it comes to drive­ways and get­ting the soil right for gar­den­ing.

‘‘I try to get peo­ple to make their own de­ci­sions on prod­ucts, I just ad­vise them which ones would be best for their project.

‘‘Some­times they have no idea, so I steer them in the right di­rec­tion as I know it’s go­ing to work for them,’’ says Ross.

Ross has pro­duced a spe­cial gar­den mix that is one of his big­gest sell­ers.

‘‘The spe­cial gar­den mix recipe I have had for the last three or four years has been work­ing won­ders in gar­dens and I have had great feed­back about it. When grow­ing plants, you need to know that the top­soil stays put, reg­u­lar feed­ing with com­post is im­por­tant, as com­post will shrink down.

‘‘Right now the veg­etable gar­den should be well un­der­way and there is still time to sow seeds for sum­mer plants.

‘‘It is sim­ple, buy gar­den mix, make a hole in the soil, drop a seedling in, wa­ter it well and reg­u­larly and stand back and watch them grow. It is meant to be easy.’’

Ross has been giv­ing away free tomato plants to chil­dren when par­ents come in to pur­chase land­scape sup­plies.

‘‘It was how my love of grow­ing plants started and toma­toes are great grow­ers as chil­dren to see and taste the re­sults.’’

With the warmer weather com­ing it is im­por­tant to start think­ing about mulching.

‘‘Sav­age Novem­ber winds evap­o­rate a lot of the wa­ter out of your soil, get­ting mulch down pro­tects your gar­den over the hot sum­mer. We have what you need, be it stones, bark, mulch, com­post or gar­den mix.’’

Rosco’s Bulk Yard stocks a full range of land­scape sup­plies in­clud­ing met­als and stones for drive­ways, pavers and coloured stones, top soil, mulch and com­posts in­clud­ing or­ganic and mush­room.

There are free loan trail­ers, plus Ross has now pur­chased an­other de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle. With son Mathew now work­ing in the busi­ness, this makes for faster de­liv­er­ies.

An­other part to Ross’s busi­ness is sup­ply­ing fire­wood. Even though it seems as though the cold win­ter has just fin­ished, it is never too early to get your or­der in for next year’s fire­wood.

Rosco’s Bulk Yard owner Ross Todd and son Mathew.

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