About Us

Founded in 1981, Chris James Landscaping (CJL) has continued to provide Full-Service Landscape, Design & Construction, Irrigation and Maintenance Services to residential, commercial and condominium clients for over 35 years. Serving the towns of Allendale, Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Waldwick, Upper Saddle River, Franklin Lakes, Ramsey, Ho-Ho-Kus and Oakland. CJL is proud to be a part of these and other fine towns.

Christopher James


Chris James, LIC, CSP
Chris James is the founder and President of Chris James Landscaping, Inc. and has been in the landscape industry since 1978. He has been very involved in the profession as a past president and board member of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association and two time board of director of the Snow and Ice Management Association in Milwaukee, WI.

Chris has taught a number of classes at Rutgers University. He is a life long resident of Bergen County, he and his wife live in Oakland, NJ, and believe in being a part of the community where they live and work. Chris is a member of the Bergen County Agriculture Board, which is committed to preserving Bergen County farm lands.

Community Projects

Because we are a locally owned company, being part of the community is an important part of CJL’s philosophy. From community projects to keeping Bergen County green, CJL is commited to giving back to the area we have been a part of for all these years.

Ridge School’s Teaching Garden Is Now Ready For Students In Ridgewood

Chris James Landscaping (CJL) has donated a three-man, garden-enhancement crew to rejuvenate Ridge School’s once beautiful courtyard-teaching garden to its original glory.

CJL donated the labor, which included extensive hand pruning of ornamentals and perennials. They also removed debris and mulched all of the gardens. Parents have donated money to cover the cost of the mulch and mums, which CJL provided at cost.

Mr. James was asked to donate services by one of his Ridgewood clients. “It was a pleasure helping out. We had an excellent canvas to work with; it just needed a lot of TLC. We hope the students and faculty enjoy the garden this fall.”

Project Evergreen


Pictured are two of our local American heroes. We, at Chris James Landscaping, Inc., are humbled by these men and their families’ commitment to duty and country. We are happy to show our gratitude by providing free maintenance and lawn care services for them.

Hopefully, our assistance eases some of the burden on their families as these men are away from home serving our country in the armed forces. Chris James Landscaping is a member of Green Care for Troops sponsored by To learn more about the Green Care for Troops program access the Project Ever Green website at or call toll-free (877) 758-4835.

Katrina Volunteer Mission in Mississippi

Chris James Landscaping and Hurricane Rita arrived at the Gulf Coast on the same day. As Americans we were saddened by what we saw on the news and wanted to help.

Our mission started the day after Katrina hit. We called some sixty Landscape Companies, through a National Association, before finally reaching one company in North Mississippi. They welcomed our help but said, “you can’t come now, there’s no way to get within 50 miles of the coast”.

The logistics of moving equipment for multiple crews 1,100 miles safely, with all the support gear including fuel, enough food and water to be self-contained for two weeks, was in itself a project. We had overwhelming support from vendors and clients, without whose help and understanding it would not have been possible. We worked out of a nursery facility just north of Gulf Port in Wiggins, MS. The 15-hour days, 7 days a week were physically exhausting and mentally thrilling. The all-volunteer work was lined up by a local nurseryman who put us in touch with senior citizens unable to physically or financially handle cleaning upward of 250 cubic yards of debris per day. We repaired wells for potable water, removed 60 ft. trees from homes. The men and women of Chris James Landscaping back home, not only kept our clients and vendors informed, they also kept service on track even though 25% of the company’s manpower was in the Gulf. All in all, we felt we received far more then we gave. The fine Americans we met will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.


We’re always looking for skilled employees. If you are interested in employment with Chris James Landscaping, please fill out our E-mail Employment Application form.

Position Titles:

  • Maintainence Crew Leader
  • Seasonal Color Person
  • Lawncare Technician
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Crew Position (Maintainence/Construction)

Chris James Landscaping is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide paid time-off and 401K. CJL is a drug-free work environment.