Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.
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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


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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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