JRGM recently named to the 2015 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 list.

Posted on May 27, 2015 by sysop in News | 0 Comments

James River Grounds Management has been named to the 2015 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 list – the most prestigious listing of the largest landscape companies in North America sponsored by The Toro Company.

This year’s full list can be found at http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/top-100.aspx

JRGM’s 2nd Annual Back Pack Drive!

Posted on August 28, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 0 Comments

August 27, 2014 was our 2nd Annual Back Pack Drive! We are truly blown away by the success of this event! We would like to thank our generous donors who made this drive possible for the students of Poquoson Elementary School. Please enjoy some photos taken from this event!

Dominion Promotions

John Deere Landscapes


Glen Allen Nursery

Colesville Nursery

Mulch Unlimited

Southeast Spreading

James River Cellars

Heads Up Sprinklers

Lancaster Farms

Printing Wright

Jack Ball with Red Coats

JRGM’s Back Pack Drive!

Posted on July 31, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 0 Comments

Giving back to our community is one of the cornerstones of our work at JRGM.  As citizens of the world, we believe it’s our great responsibility to positively impact the places we call home.  We see our employees, vendors and customers as an extension of our family and for that reason we invite you to partner with us in an exciting stewardship opportunity.

As the new school year approaches, we have partnered with Poquoson Elementary School in an effort to provide school supplies for many of their children whose families struggle with the financial resources required to give their children what they need for a good start.

The Back Pack / Supplies Drive will be held on Wednesday August 27th 2014 from 4:00 – 6:30pm at Poquoson Elementary School. Our goal is to provide as many supplies as possible. We believe that your sponsorship of our event would be a wonderful opportunity for you to both advertise your business and contribute to the community. By donating to this event, your company will receive advertising on our banner of partners, our Facebook page, our blog, and local news coverage.

If you prefer to leave the shopping up to us, we happily accept monetary donations as well.  Donations are needed by Friday August 22nd. We hope you will consider helping us (and our friend Pip), help the fantastic students of Poquoson Elementary School.  Also, feel free to come out and join us on August 27th!


Maria Candler

President, CEO

Items needed for donation:

  • Back Packs
  • 1.5 Inch Binders – White
  • 2 Inch Binders – White
  • Subject Dividers
  • Wide Ruled Notebook Paper
  • 8 Ct. Colored Pencils
  • 12 Ct. Colored Pencils
  • Wide Ruled Composition Books
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Folders – Plastic with Prongs
  • Glue
  • Washable Glue Sticks
  • 4-pack Color Highlighters
  • Packs of Blue or Black Pens
  • 100 Ct. Index Cards
  • 8 Ct. Markers
  • 1 subject Spiral Notebooks – Wide Ruled w/ pockets
  • # 2 Pencils (Sharpened)
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • 5×8” Pencil Boxes
  • Children’s Scissors
  • Post-it Notes
  • Tissues
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Quart size Ziploc Bags
  • Gallon size Ziploc Bags

July Smart Irrigation Month – Know the Difference: Drought Stress or Fungus?

Posted on July 17, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 1 Comment

It’s the time of year when temperatures are high and the grass is starting to look a little brown.  We understand that the immediate reaction is to think your grass is dying.  We want to assure you that your grass is not dying. First, we must explain the difference between Fescue grass and Bermuda grass. These two types of grass have very different properties. Fescue grass, the most common type of grass, thrives during cooler months in spring and fall. Bermuda grass, which is less common, tends to flourish more in the warmer months. The difference is that Fescue will turn brown much quicker in the summer months due to high temperatures.

As landscapers, we always want your property to look its best. If your grass starts to turn brown, we take 2 different reasons into consideration.  This first reason could be that your grass is suffering from drought stress and will need more irrigation. We then go to your property and identify your water schedule. We use our expert science to adjust your schedule, giving your property the right amount of water without over-watering. Applying too much water will do more harm than good.

The second cause to brown grass could be “Brown Patch” which is a type of fungus. Fescue grass is quite susceptible to Brown Patch. Fungus spores can spread when there is a combination of over-watering and humid temperatures. To the trained eye, it is easy to tell the difference between brown patch and drought stress. If it is drought stress, we make sure all sprinklers are performing properly. If it is fungus, we give the option of applying a specific fungicide.

The benefit of having an Irrigation contract with your Landscaping contractor is that you receive the combined knowledge of excellent irrigation science and proper fungicide application. For more information, please reach out to your Account Manager or contact JRGM Irrigation Technician, Chris Baber at 804-550-3500.

JRGM Works to Protect and Preserve Our Waterways

Posted on July 3, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 0 Comments

This week marks the beginning of July Smart Irrigation Month!  The conservation of our natural resources is more prevalent than ever, with water conservation at the forefront. It’s not enough to simply use less water to conserve water; we must preserve the quality of our water by protecting it from pesticides, fertilizers and other excess chemicals.

Virginia is one of the leading states in implementing a nutrient management strategy to reduce runoff from lawns, offices, parks, and golf courses. Much of our drinking water comes from the ground so it is important to monitor what we are putting on our lawns. For the past several years, JRGM has participated in an agreement with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) where we report fertilizer and chemical usage annually to the department. This allows the department to keep record of how much fertilizer or excess nutrients may be accumulating in ground water, rivers, lakes, and streams.

Another way that JRGM preserves the quality of our waterways is through annual soil samples. Soil samples tell us what types of nutrients are already in your property’s soil. This allows JRGM to apply the right amount of fertilizer and nutrients in coordination with our agreement which prevents excess fertilization and nutrients. For questions or consultations around water conservation or management on your projects, contact Chris Baber 804-550-3500.

JRGM Welcomes Our Newest Estimator, Rian Crabtree!

Posted on June 19, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 0 Comments

My very first job in high school was in landscaping, and it is there that my passion for the landscape and horticulture industry began.  Shortly thereafter, I discovered the pride I had in making the natural and man-made landscape more appealing.  This ultimately led to my enrollment in the Landscape Architecture program at Virginia Tech. While successfully pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture as well as a Minor in Horticulture, I completed two design internships with Basnight Land & Lawn and Whitesell Group Inc.  I have additionally enjoyed pursuing freelance design work in areas of landscape design, graphic design, photography, CAD and more.  However, my proudest work will always be my service in the U.S. Army as an Engineer Non-Commissioned Officer.

What drew me to JRGM were their company values, goals and active interest in growing their employees’ careers.  Peers and acquaintances within the landscape industry spoke very highly of JRGM’s reputation and quality, which only further validated my interests in joining the company.  I’m proud to become a part of this unique team within an industry I truly value.  I love the challenge of my work and look forward to the opportunities to make a difference while adding to the success of the company.

Choosing the Correct Fuel for Outdoor Power Equipment

Posted on June 3, 2014 by sysop in JRGM Blog | 0 Comments

In our industry, every day we are faced with equipment challenges: Mower blades break, equipment breaks down or parts break. But we find that proper fuel and equipment maintenance helps to minimize fuel system issues, which in turn helps with the overall functioning of your equipment. Here are some helpful tips to keep your equipment running at its best this cutting season:


– Purchase only the amount of fuel that will be used in 30 days.

– Add fuel stabilizer to the fuel the day you buy it.

– Purchase gasoline with an octane rating of 89 or higher.

– Consider using gasoline without any ethanol if available(E0).

– Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) by volume is acceptable.  Ethanol and MTBE are not the same. Gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) by volume is not approved for use in most outdoor power equipment.

– Never use gasoline that contains more than 10% ethanol by volume ethanol, such as E15 (contains 15% ethanol), E20 (contains 20% ethanol), or E85 (contains up to 85% ethanol).

Using unapproved gasoline may cause performance problems and/or engine damage that may not be covered under warranty.

Source: The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN

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