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America's Most Desperate Landscape 2015: Before and After Pictures 24 Photos

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Texas Transformation: Desperate No More

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We asked you, our readers, to help us reimagine the home exterior for the recipients of the 2014 America's Most Desperate Landscape makeover. Take a look at the results.

Nice People With a Not-So-Nice Yard

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Before The Makeover

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After: New Exterior

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Before: The Gazebo

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After: New Surroundings

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Before: Just an Uncomfortable Bench

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After: Home Away From Home

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Before: Not Too Inviting

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After: Draws You Right In

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Before: What is This Spot Used For?

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After: Nice Spot for Morning Coffee

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Celebrate!

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Dramatic Before-and-Afters From DIY Network's Desperate Landscapes

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What's more embarrassing than a hideous front yard? A front yard that's so bad even the neighbors are complaining. Check out these transformations, and see how host Jason Cameron added curb appeal to these formerly desperate landscapes.

Meet Morgan and Mindi Rich

Before: Weedy Lawn

After: Bold and Bright

Meet Sidney Davis

Before: Cookie Cutter

After: Personal and Stylish

Meet Mike and Claudia Ratterman

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Before: Totally Dull

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After: Cheery Surprise

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Meet Marcy and Ryan Hessling

Before: Bare Bones

After: Colorful Showstopper

Before: Rocky Start

After: Artfully Artificial

Meet Kathy and Billy Baruth

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Before: Awkward and Unruly

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After: Polished Plantings

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Before: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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After: Custom Retreat

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Before: Small but Sweet

After: Neighborhood Knock-Out

Meet Jeff and Robin Ankeny

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Before: Enter if You Dare

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After: Warm Welcome

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Meet Bethany and Michael Davidson

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Before: A Blank Slate

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After: Country Cottage Style

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Meet Jason and Jennifer Hargis

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Before: Boring in Beige

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After: Paint and Planters

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Meet Jackie Witt and David Scarano

Before: Desolate Desert

After: A Neighborhood Favorite

Meet Emma and Trask McFarland

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Before: Just the Basics

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After: Home Sweet Home

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Meet Edward Wilkerson

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Before: Nothing There

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After: Like a Brand-New Home

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Before: America's Most Desperate Landscape

After: From Desperate to Dazzling

Meet Daniella and Peter Vaclavik

Before: A Postponed Project

After: Unique Flair

Meet Catherine and Kyle Reynolds

Before: Where's the Sidewalk?

After: A Step Up

Meet Riley and Carmen Ralmuto

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Before: Feeling Blue

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After: Young Love

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Meet Anthony and Natalie Armendariz

Before: All Dirt

After: A Welcoming Site

Desperation Turnaround: America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012

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Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew undertake their year's toughest makeover project at the end of a long search for America's most curb appeal-challenged yard.

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012

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And Done

Top 10 Ways to Go Big in Your Landscaping

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Add super-sized curb appeal to your house with these high-impact landscaping ideas.

#10 Columns

#9 Wide Steps

#8 Outdoor Room

#7 Big Planters

#6 Layer Your Landscaping

#5 Retaining Walls

#4 Stones Paths

#3 Walkways

#2 Lush Lawn

#1 Big Trees

Meet the Host

Jason Cameron

After working his way through college as a carpenter, the DIY Network host turned his passions for home improvement and landscaping into a career as a licensed contractor.
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About the show

Nothing is more embarrassing than having the ugliest yard on the block — especially when your neighbors call you out. Armed with creative solutions, licensed contractor Jason Cameron transforms a negligent neighbor's troubled yard into an outdoor showplace — in only one day. From new planting beds and big, new trees to fresh paint and fencing, DIY Network's Desperate Landscapes is all about going from helpless to beautiful!
Season 8, Episode 11

Gone to the Dog

Two young homeowners spent their savings rehabbing their house and financing an expensive spinal surgery for their dog. The yard has literally gone to the dogs! Jason rescues the space with a new patio, new paint and lots of new landscaping.

Monday
Mar 23
5pm | 4c
Season 11, Episode 10

Adding Color, Plants and Steps to Build Porch Pride in Fort Worth, Texas

Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew head to Fort Worth, Texas to help a couple of hip, young newlyweds turn their ugly old porch into a neighborhood destination. Jason builds new railings to match the house. He builds big new steps to make the porch more inviting and gives the porch floor a fresh coat of paint. Add in a brand new landscape and lots of succulent plants and you'll get a huge Texas-sized landscape that the young homeowners and their friends will all love.

Thursday
Apr 9
12am | 11c
Season 11, Episode 3

Transforming a House Hidden by Weeds and Trees Into a Welcoming Tudor Home

Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes team bring out the heavy machinery to find a house hidden on a hill. Dying trees, weeds, crumbling steps and driveway make this gem of a Tudor hard to see. With chainsaws, a jackhammer and a hydraulic hammer drill, Jason takes down the trees, rips out the old steps and replaces an awful 2X4 handrail with one that matches the style of the house. Plus, he shows a truck bed liner spray can help a plant grow in a concrete jungle.

Saturday
Apr 11
6pm | 5c
Season 8, Episode 6

Mustard Gone Bad

Jason is on hand to help two dedicated rehabbers fix up their desperate landscape. Neighbors describe the house as "mustard gone bad," so Jason brings in gallons of paint and a new entry door, rips out the old dated sidewalk and builds a brand-new arbor to put the complaints to rest.

Friday
Apr 17
1pm | 12c
Season 9, Episode 6

Join the Club

The O'Gradys live on a street filled with garden club members, and they just don't fit in. That's why they've turned to DIY Network licensed contractor, Jason Cameron to help. Jason's brining in an excavator to rip out the old before he bring in the new. He fixes up the house with a new fiberglass door, a fieldstone entryway and a gravel walkway. See how steel edging and weed fabric will ensure the walkway won't walk away.

Monday
Apr 27
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 11, Episode 3

Transforming a House Hidden by Weeds and Trees Into a Welcoming Tudor Home

Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes team bring out the heavy machinery to find a house hidden on a hill. Dying trees, weeds, crumbling steps and driveway make this gem of a Tudor hard to see. With chainsaws, a jackhammer and a hydraulic hammer drill, Jason takes down the trees, rips out the old steps and replaces an awful 2X4 handrail with one that matches the style of the house. Plus, he shows a truck bed liner spray can help a plant grow in a concrete jungle.

Wednesday
May 27
3pm | 2c
Season 11, Episode 8

Transforming a Radio DJ's Yard Into a TV-worthy Landscape

Jason Cameron heads to Chicago to help popular morning show DJ Kathy Hart and her husband Billy Baruth fix up their ugly front yard. The family lives in a neighborhood of perfectly manicured front lawns and theirs sticks out with its weeds and hidden front door. Jason brings his calvary to cut down a diseased tree, rip out an ugly sidewalk and paint the brick and wood siding. The landscape design includes a rustic cedar bridge, a Mexican beach pebble dry creek, a custom, curving poplar bench and a custom slate waterfall fountain.

Wednesday
May 27
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 10, Episode 9

Victory over a Victorian

The neighbors say that Ben Hillman and LaRoy Holloway have royally screwed up this landscape decorating with plastic plants! Jason Cameron and his team come to the rescue and build a custom-made shade house, create a perfectly linear formal walkway and of course bring in some real plants. The neighbors were excited about the changes Ben and LaRoy brought to the inside, but wait until they see what Jason brought for the outside!

Thursday
May 28
3am | 2c
Season 11, Episode 2

A Desperate Landscape at Blog Cabin

Jason Cameron teams up with Chris Grundy for one of the final projects at Blog Cabin. This dynamic duo installs new stairs for the front porch, sleek stainless steel wires to act as the porch railing, and a vintage pergola with seating area to enjoy the beautiful views.

Monday
Jun 1
9am | 8c
Season 10, Episode 4

Race Before the Alter

Alec and Jenny Harmes want to completely transform their front yard to welcome their out of town wedding guests. Jason and his team move in to make that dream a reality. With the help of a local artist, Jason creates 4 glass mosaic planters that perfectly blend into this funky Austin, Texas neighborhood. The Desperate Landscapes team also adds indigenous plants throughout the yard that require almost no water. The biggest change: a completely flipped driveway made of lava basalt!

Monday
Jun 8
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 12, Episode 1

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014

Jason Cameron and his crew comb through application after application to find the ugliest front yard in America. Their search takes them to Helotes, Texas where Jason and Connie Vela are living in a mess. Their home used to house Connie's father's construction business and the yard shows it. There is junk left behind and there is even a prototype building that has a strong resemblance to a female body part. It's one of the most unusual projects we've ever tackled. Jason Cameron takes his Desperate Landscape crew to Texas for the massive two day project that includes tearing out part of the driveway, ripping off an unusual and dangerous overhang at the front door and camouflaging the femininely-shaped building. Once the clearing is finished, Jason and his team build a beautiful fireplace and pizza oven, lay a stone walkway and build a beautiful new portico. The finishing touch for this new yard is a huge fountain surrounded by yellow roses. When the work is finished, the Velas' complaining neighbors return to celebrate another Desperate Landscapes success.

Wednesday
Jun 10
3pm | 2c
Season 11, Episode 9

Transforming a Muddy Pit Into an Entertaining Oasis in Urban Chicago

Jason Cameron and his crew face a tough challenge to create a yard fit for entertaining and for dogs as one Chicago couple hopes to transform their muddy front yard into an oasis for friends and family. Jason's plan calls for adding privacy to the yard with lush plantings. He installs a huge travertine patio, a copper bar for icing down adult beverages and adds custom-built couches for seating. Jason also adds a special area for the dogs with artificial turf, a fire hydrant and a fresh water drinking stand.

Friday
Apr 8
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 11, Episode 3

Transforming a House Hidden by Weeds and Trees Into a Welcoming Tudor Home

Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes team bring out the heavy machinery to find a house hidden on a hill. Dying trees, weeds, crumbling steps and driveway make this gem of a Tudor hard to see. With chainsaws, a jackhammer and a hydraulic hammer drill, Jason takes down the trees, rips out the old steps and replaces an awful 2X4 handrail with one that matches the style of the house. Plus, he shows a truck bed liner spray can help a plant grow in a concrete jungle.

Sunday
May 15
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 12, Episode 1

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014

Jason Cameron and his crew comb through application after application to find the ugliest front yard in America. Their search takes them to Helotes, Texas where Jason and Connie Vela are living in a mess. Their home used to house Connie's father's construction business and the yard shows it. There is junk left behind and there is even a prototype building that has a strong resemblance to a female body part. It's one of the most unusual projects we've ever tackled. Jason Cameron takes his Desperate Landscape crew to Texas for the massive two day project that includes tearing out part of the driveway, ripping off an unusual and dangerous overhang at the front door and camouflaging the femininely-shaped building. Once the clearing is finished, Jason and his team build a beautiful fireplace and pizza oven, lay a stone walkway and build a beautiful new portico. The finishing touch for this new yard is a huge fountain surrounded by yellow roses. When the work is finished, the Velas' complaining neighbors return to celebrate another Desperate Landscapes success.

Sunday
May 29
7am | 6c
Season 12, Episode 2

Rescue Me From My Desperate Landscape

Jason Cameron receives a 911 call from Casey Ballman, a firefighter, and Megan Ballman, an ER nurse whose Desperate Landscape is an emergency situation. The landscape is hidden by overgrown trees that threaten the house. The chainsaws come out and the changes start. With the trees gone, Jason can start on other projects. He removes a chunk of concrete so he can create a bigger stoop. He digs a huge trench to help with drainage in the front yard. Jason also builds a huge entertainment pavilion with a sailcloth roof. Plus, he's bringing in all kinds of plants that will thrive in the yard including a big new tree that won't threaten the structure of the house. At the end of the day, the neighbors, including Casey's boss and his mom, come back to see if the rescue mission was a success.

Sunday
May 29
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 12, Episode 3

Adding Pride to the Neighborhood With a Huge New Pergola

Kevin and Annamarie Cronin have moved into Annamarie's childhood home. While they worked hard to make the inside their own, the outside is a mess. Neighbors hate the barren landscape, the yellow front door, and they wonder what's up with all the gnomes. Jason Cameron is called in to bring peace back to this well-manicured neighborhood. He paints the house to tone down the yellow door that the Cronins love. He adds deer tolerant plants to the landscape, and Jason builds a huge pergola to help the home fit with all the others in the neighborhood that boast nice porches. With a beautiful new seating area and plenty of plants, the Cronins put their gnomes in the landscape and put the neighbors' complaints to a rest.

Sunday
May 29
8am | 7c
Season 12, Episode 4

Lessons on Growing Plants Not Muscles

Joe and Amy Vance are in law enforcement by day and in their spare time, they are bodybuilders. They boast that they are great at growing muscles and not-so-great at growing plants. They've called muscleman Jason Cameron for some help to restore Amy's grandparents' home to its former glory. Jason busts up part of the massive driveway to create a new paver patio with a circular patio kit. The patio gets some screening from a curved cedar fence and some plantings. In between their hard work in the landscape, Jason and the homeowners flex their muscles and show off their hard work in the gym, and at the end of the day, they're ready to show off the landscape to the neighbors.

Sunday
May 29
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 12, Episode 5

Bringing Beauty Back to a Historic Home

Jes Mayer and her two sons saved up for months to buy an old home in Cincinnati. The house has a huge yard for Jes's sons to play in, but with a big yard came more work than Jes could handle. Jason's plan to breathe new life into this old beauty is to create a beautiful landscape. The plan calls for tons of crushed stone to create a Victorian circle driveway as well as a new patio. Stone stairs will be added leading to an arbor to the left of the front door, and the home's old front door gets a facelift to create a landscape that fits with the house and the whole neighborhood.

Sunday
May 29
9am | 8c
Season 12, Episode 6

Beautiful Xeriscaping in New Mexico

Taylor and Jordan Henry have worked hard to make their home beautiful on the inside, but their front yard is a mess of weeds, railroad ties and a hideous box hiding a water softener. They have a gorgeous view of the Sandia Mountains from their front yard and they want to bring that mountain vibe to their front yard. They also want the yard to be water friendly. Jason's plan calls for adding water-friendly plants and trees to the landscape that will thrive under the low-water conditions in Albuquerque. He's also designed a natural looking stone patio plus he's asked local artisans to create a beautiful stained glass window and a tree of life sculpture for the yard. If that weren't enough, they install a beautiful tile walkway leading to the front door. The work is enough to blow away the neighbors.

Sunday
May 29
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 12, Episode 7

Banishing Desperation With Fire, Water and a Bit of New Mexican Sun

Jason Cameron heads to Albuquerque to help Wendy and Adam Livermore. The homeowners are renovating a foreclosure, and these Wisconsin transplants know nothing about landscaping in New Mexico. Jason's plan to help banish their desperation includes building a new deck featuring the Zia sun, an important part of the culture in New Mexico. A beautiful wooden loggia with a sailcloth cover will add shade to the yard. A fire feature will keep the homeowners warm at night and a water feature will add a relaxing touch. The front yard will also include a living wall and plenty of plants that thrive in the Albuquerque sun. Is all this enough to stop the neighbors' complaints? Jason thinks the answer will be a resounding yes.

Sunday
May 29
10am | 9c
Season 12, Episode 8

Building a Family-Friendly Front Yard With Space for Kids and Parents in Albuquerque

Willy and Jennie Jacobson have been the subject of some serious criticism in their Albuquerque neighborhood, and they are calling on Jason Cameron for help. The couple have asked Jason to turn their prickly, rocky and ugly landscape into a beautiful play space for their young sons. Jason brings in heavy equipment to move some huge boulders to create a a play space with seating. Plus, he brings out the big guns to move a heavy ipe deck into the yard. Jason also taps into Willy's artistic side to have him paint a mural to fit into the landscape. The end result is a fun, family-friendly space that the neighbors love.

Sunday
May 29
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 13, Episode 1

Creating a Mid-Century Landscape in the Suburbs

Licensed contractor Jason Cameron is called to help the owners of a cool Mid-Century home with a horrendous landscape. Owners Lisa and Andrew Cape are busy keeping up with three small boys and their full-time jobs. Jason designs a landscape that is low maintenance and Mid-Century with a funky, patterned patio, a grill station with a wood mosaic wall, prairie style plants, vintage furniture and a play space for the Cape boys.

Monday
May 30
7pm | 6c
Season 13, Episode 2

Wooded Wonderland

Licensed contractor Jason Cameron has heard the call for help for Jessica and Reece Gable. Their house is hidden by an overgrown mini forest. Jason uses some unconventional tools to clear the landscape when he brings in goats to eat the weeds. He tackles some of the trees with chainsaws, and then turns his eye toward creating a huge wooden deck, tree trunk stepping stones, and a cool zipline for the Gable children. The huge project takes this Desperate Landscape from worst on the block to first.

Monday
May 30
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 10, Episode 1

A Big Easy Transformation

Ryan and Marcy Hesseling, a bar and wig shop owner, look to Jason Cameron to help them bring back some unique New Orleans style in their front yard. Jason uses a huge Southern Magnolia tree, a refurbished iron gate, a new blue stone slate walkway and tons of vibrant colors and plants to create a landscape worthy of the historical French Quarter tradition.

Sunday
Jun 5
12pm | 11c
Season 11, Episode 13

Greening Up the Big Black Box on the Farm

Jason Cameron and crew head to rural Owenton, Kentucky to transform an eco-friendly house that sticks out a like a sore thumb. Neighbors say the big black house could use a little green on the outside. Jason builds a greenhouse with cool hydraulic-powered windows. He uses natural stone to create a new walkway and helps this family store their winter fuel in a new, natural container. Plus, Jason adds a lot of new plants to help this tree-hugging family feel more at home in their new house. Will the neighbors in this small community warm up to the changes? Jason hopes to change some minds.

Sunday
Jun 5
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 12, Episode 9

Fighting Mother Nature to Create an Asian-Inspired Landscape

Rain and Seattle go together, but in the suburb of Kirkland, Mother Nature is doing her best to stop Jason Cameron and his crew from fixing a Desperate Landscape. The front yard once looked like a mini-golf course, but the homeowners stripped it clean and now it's just a barren landscape with a rickety balcony, ripped awnings and broken concrete pieces. Jason has a plan to turn the ugly front yard into an Asian-inspired landscape to match the design style inside the home. He rebuilds the deck with beautiful Brazilian teak wood that features a unique Asian design to keep the bad spirits away. Despite the mud and muck, Jason creates a beautiful walkway with a ringed-entrance to the yard. He also adds a natural stone fountain and beautiful bamboo. The big question though is whether the neighbors will be happy with the dramatic changes?

Sunday
Jun 5
1pm | 12c

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