About Us

James River Grounds Management is an Aspen Grove Company. Aspen Grove has brought together the best commercial landscape providers from around the country to bring world-class commercial landscape maintenance and snow removal services to local, regional and national customers.

One of the keys to James River Grounds Management’s success is the ability to offer the full package of landscape-related services. With the resources to combine landscape design/installation and the accompanying maintenance services, we offer you greater flexibility and cohesiveness at a more cost-effective price than if you were dealing with individual contractors.  Our core offering is to effectively manage the full landscape program so that property managers can rest easier knowing that one of their most expensive assets is being managed properly.  We understand that our clients have limited time for site visits and coordination of contractors.  Through pro-active communication, attention to detail and customer centered focus, we achieve an effective and meaningful partnership with our clients.


James River Grounds Management, Inc. was formed in 1989 by Ray F. Lazarchic and Michael C. Hildebrand and was sold in 2005 to four members of the management team, Maria Candler, President and CEO, Jason Knight, Vice President and COO, Todd Pendleton, Vice President Business Development and James Batterson, Director of Facilities. The exit strategy of the original owners was designed to keep the foundation of business success intact. We continue to thrive on the philosophy of relationship based sales, strong customer service focus, quality driven products and employee accountability. JRGM’s portfolio of work includes all types of commercial property sites including class A office, industrial, retail, health care and large residential communities.

James River Grounds Management, with multiple branch offices is set up to offer all landscape services with competent staff that are empowered to make front line decisions.  With this structure, our clients have the benefits of a larger company that can pool resources quickly but with a small business feel.


To become an industry leader by growing relationships that produce quality landscapes, adding value to our customers and employees.

Core Values

Our value system has been an important instrument as we navigate through the fast paced, constantly changing business world.  Our values are demonstrated by how we hire, how we interact within our staff and how we interface with our clients.  Our core values are: Quality, Stability, Honesty, Family, Fairness, Ambition, and Fun.


JRGM is committed to raising the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. The company maintains an Equal Employment Opportunity policy and a drug-free workplace.  Continuous employee development is encouraged at all levels within our company.  We have a robust safety training program in which we are proud to say has been recognized nationally.

We understand that our crews represent our clients while on site and show up in uniform with clean trucks and properly maintained equipment.  Our capable staff of landscape professionals hold a wide range of certifications and degrees from accredited universities including: Certified Landscape Professionals, Degreed Landscape Designers, Certified Arborists, Certified Irrigation Contractors, Certified Backflow Inspectors, Certified Irrigation Auditors, Certified Crew Chiefs, Virginia Certified Nurserymen, Certified Pesticide Applicators and Registered Technicians