Business bloomed out of love of growing plants
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.