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POSTED May 26, 2012 1:17 a.m.

If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.

The owner of New Buds Nursery on South Manteca Road is fairly unique among retail nurseries as almost everything he sells is grown on eight acres adjacent to his business as well as his home.

That means not only are the shrubs and trees acclimated to the soil and weather conditions of the Northern San Joaquin Valley but they aren’t shipped 12 to 14 hours by truck from cooler or hotter climates in containers that are often filled with more dirt than soil. The end result tends to be healthier trees and shrubs that are already doing well in the climate conditions of the yards they will end up in.

Rodden has been in the construction business for 23 years. A number of years ago he started adding landscaping services to the mix.

Since he had been growing his own plants and trees for years for clients, he decided four years ago to take the next step and opened New Buds Nursery among the almond orchards on South Manteca Road (it turns into Main Street in Manteca’s city limits) just north of West Ripon Road.

When he was building the 3,000-square-foot main structure those passing by believed it was another “grand” house being built with a stylish Mediterranean look. But instead it houses the unique garden boutique and gift shop that is part of the New Buds Nursery.

“We get people in here from all over - Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon, Modesto, Turlock, and Tracy,” Rodden said.

Rodden has seen an upswing in business from the sale of foreclosures.

“Many people are buying homes that never had back yards or where the landscaping has died,” he said.

Rodden is more than happy to lend his expertise to customers gleaned from two decades of his landscaping business and growing eight acres of trees and shrubs.

“Knowledgeable help isn’t something that you get much at big box retailers,” Rodden noted.

Rodden says that if a customer is looking for a particular plant and he doesn’t grow it he will find it for them.

Rodden takes great pride in knowing that most of what he sells he also grows.

“This is my product,” he said.

And he can’t think of a better place to have a nursery business.

“Just about anything will grow in the soil and climate we have,” Rodden said, adding that one still must take care to put plants in the proper microclimate whether they are shade loving or need to be drenched in sun.

Proper care is important for a plant or tree to be healthy. Rodden noted there are several things, though, that people tend to forget.

“We have great soil here for drainage but it doesn’t hold much in nutrients,” Rodden said.

That is why he recommends at filling a hole half with soil - or even all of it - so that there are nutrients the plants can fee doff to get established.

He added you can’t go wrong planting at any time of the year in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.


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