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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New Retaining Wall and Driveway

DIY Network’s Jason Cameron reveals new retaining wall of newly redone slate stone driveway to homeowners Randi and Tim Riefenberg, winners of America’s Most Desperate Landscape 2016.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Gorgeous Stone Fireplace

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

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Driveway or Creek?

The driveway pools water when it rains which, for central Georgia, could mean mosquito breeding ground. Plus the muddy water isn't helping the Riefenberg's curb appeal.

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

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

No Grass Here

The Riefenberg's yard is missing one typical feature: grass. The yard has turned into a small dust bowl.

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012: Screen Porch

In a first for Desperate Landscapes, this home makeover includes the addition of a screened porch where the distressed side entrance had been. All-new landscaping surrounds the porch addition. Adding the new porch required demolishing the damaged brick stairs that previously led to the side door.

Inviting New Walkway

Blooming hydrangeas, a new stone path and charming porch decor greet guests on their way to the front door.

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

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