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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Blacked-leaved Ligularia

Black-leaved ligularia or Ligularia 'Brit-Marie Crawford' was named one of the top perennials for 2006. It has a glossy maroon foliage with orange daisy-like flowers. Grows about three to four feet tall and spreads about the same. Needs full sun to part shade and prefers moist soil and shade. USDA Zones 4-9

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.

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

Disaster Deck

The Riefenbergs love to entertain but can't use their deck because it's unstable. One of the posts doesn't touch the ground and is actually resting on another block of wood.

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.

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

Dining Alfresco Patio

The new patio at AMDL is ready for summer parties with a dining area and bar and grill. Both areas use metal furniture in various styles that tie the areas together.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Pin-Worthy Front Yard

The new front yard for America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016 features a patio with new stone pavers, dining area, bar and grill station.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

No Place to Play

The backyard is no place for the Riefenberg's dogs Sonny and Cooper to run around. Large boulders are scattered throughout the yard.

American's Most Desperate Landscape 2012: Driveway View

The transformation includes a completed and newly paved driveway, specially designed stairs with extra-wide 14-inch tread and a completely reconfigured walk-up to the home's front door.

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