Season 0, Episode 15

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2015

Jason Cameron received hundreds of entries for America's Most Desperate Landscape, and he found the ugliest yard in the country belongs to a pair of hard-working teachers in Escondido, California. The yard features a huge buoy, yards of concrete, and loads of dead trees. It's a huge source of embarrassment for Nicole Hoofard, a landscaping and agriculture teacher, and her husband Aaron, a high school baseball coach, but with help from Jason and the diynetwork.com online voters, they will fix the yard in two days. Voters helped choose landscape design, stone finishes and more. Jason incorporated it all into a yard with a baseball play area for the kids, a relaxing patio area for the parents and a lush tropical fountain to welcome family and friends.
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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

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.

Beaded Napkin Rings

The tablescape's coastal details continue with printed paisley napkins and beaded napkin rings.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

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.

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

Curb Appeal: Landscaping and Sidewalks

A well-laid, landscaped walkway leads from the driveway to the house.

Major Curb Appeal

The new front stoop features furniture, rug and plants that make the walkway more inviting. The new blue door pops against the white house.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

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

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.

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.

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