Season 0, Episode 13

America's Most Desperate Landscape

DIY Network's Jason Cameron searches the country to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. The annual search takes Jason and his crew to Escondido, California where the Ruffins' neighbors are begging Jason to fix the neighborhood eyesore. It will take a crane, some huge boulders, a steel pergola and a custom-built bench, deck and fountain to transform this ugly yard from worst in America to one of the best.
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Summerwine-Ninebark

Summerwine-Ninebark is a deciduous shrub prized for its dark purple foliage and white flowers in summer. It's often used as a "dark" background for lighter colored plants. 'Summerwine' is very cold tolerant. It grows about 4-6 feet tall and wide. It prefers full sun to light shade. It produces best foliage color and flowers in full sun. USDA Zones 2-8

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2011: Fountain After

The new stone patio looks like it belongs to a fancy estate house. The fountain, ornamental plantings and new patio furniture would make a great setting for formal entertaining or a relaxing evening outside.

Coastal Tablescape

AMDL's outdoor dining table pops with sea glass blue drinkware and flatware.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012: Front Walkway After

The Stochmal's house, built some 50 years earlier by Cas Stochmal's father, gets reinvigorated with a well-deserved upgrade. As a tribute to the home's history and the care that went into the structure years before, a section at the top and center of the new walkway is fashioned from bricks that were part of the home's original hand-laid brick walk. Cas' cherished stone lions were also preserved and incorporated into the newly designed front entrance.

Lacebark Elm Tree

Lacebark elm as known as the Chinese elm. Horticultural guru and plantsman Michael Dirr says the lacebark elm should become the dominant shade and street tree of the 21st century because it grows rapidly and adapts easily. It's highly resistant to Dutch elm disease with green leaves turn yellow to burgundy in fall and has exfoliating bark. This tree grows 40 to 50 feet high and wide. Deer generally avoid this plant. USDA Zones 5-9

Ready to Party Patio

The winning homeowners and their family and friends celebrated a long two days of renovation with a block party cookout at twilight.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012: After

More than 250 new plantings, a new turf lawn, and a reworked walkway and front facade help soften the street view and transform the Stochmal's residence into one of the neighborhood's more visually appealing homes.

The Ultimate Yard for Entertaining

DIY Network’s Jason Cameron reveals the new frontyard to homeowners Randi and Tim Riefenberg, winners of America’s Most Desperate Landscape 2016.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

DIY: Curb Appeal

A coat of red paint makes the front door stand out, new shutters add dimension to the house, and lots of colorful plants and flowers lead visitors to the entrance. With the yews gone, the landscape opens up, and the new walkway is clearly visible.

Desperate Back Yard, Too

Pups Cooper and Sonny have no place to run around a play in the back either. The yard also has a major slope and drop off.

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