Amid the dusty and dirty plains there lies a home. Once a lively wheat field and garden, this backyard has unfortunately taken a turn for the worse. "We have a neighbor who has offered us the use of his Saint Bernard in case we lose one of the grandkids in the yard," the owner says.
The Majestic Moat
This home may not be a royal castle, but it does have its very own dried-up moat and "draw bridge." The front yard, technically below the bridge, now elegantly displays pebbles, cracked concrete and random patches of grass.
While most gnomes serve as garden ornamentation amid beautiful surroundings, this carved gwizzard (a gnome/wizard) is currently living a life of utter humiliation. Now that the gwizzard has become a local attraction, it's necessary that the front yard be up to par with his celebrity status.
A series of severe drainage problems has turned this homeowner's yard into a private lake. Within minutes of rainfall, the entire yard experiences extreme flooding, including the front yard. While the kids may love playing in the water, the owners are less than thrilled with the post-rain look.
Eighth Wonder of the World
Nothing says "welcome home!" quite like eight enormous trees blocking your home from civilization. Not only are the trees awkward in height, but they are also infested with nomadic rats that enjoy trips to the backyard and garage.
Welcome to the Jungle
Despite the stunning lake and mountain views, the homeowners can't keep their eyes off the enormously growing trees and plants that have now consumed their entire yard. Both a haven for snakes and an overgrown eyesore, these evergreens and junipers are quickly decreasing the curb appeal of this home.
Messy and Neglected
This 100-year-old home has somehow dodged restoration and maintenance for years. This neglect is now reflected by rotting wood, chipped paint and an overgrown front yard that looks just as needy as the home itself. A random brick walkway leads visitors to a cluster of bushes, and the makeshift flower bed showcases more dead plants than alive.
This Southwestern home looks practically invisible, thanks to Mother Nature's enormous surroundings. To truly enjoy the views, this backyard needs a complete overhaul.
Surf and Turf
Once featured in a well-known gardening magazine, this home has now officially retired. A harsh winter left the backyard with scattered mulch and dead plants. And to make matters worse, a plastic turf lawn takes the place of what could be a lush, green oasis.
A harrowing display of weeds and wildflowers is just the beginning to this yard's demeaning appearance. Surrounded by rotten post fencing, the yard also showcases overgrown bushes, unnecessary rock piles and leftover tree stumps for a look that is truly eye-catching.
A Texas homeowner blames his yard's alien vegetation, rock overload and dead grass to the roaming cows that inhabit the neighborhood. This Homeowners' Association sign reveals the truth and validates his accusations.
Unfortunately, this grassless environment looks more like an abandoned putt-putt course than a backyard. Buried beneath the AstroTurf are several feet of dirt, mulch, rocks and roof shingles.
This bare front yard offers a blank slate with the possibility of a lively and vibrant landscape. The only thing standing in its way is a patch of awkwardly placed trees.