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 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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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

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.

Meet the Winning Homeowners

Randi and Tim Riefenberg, from Roswell, Ga, are the owners of this year's winning yard for DIY Network's America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016.

Gorgeous Stone Fireplace

The new fireplace area features plenty of cozy seating and a rustic wooden coffee table.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

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

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

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.

Coastal Tablescape

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

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Major Curb Appeal

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


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

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