Retro Front Yard Patio

A cedar wall adds privacy to the retro patio that adorns this front yard.
Desperate No More!
Desperate No More!

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

Tour the finished yard, complete with fan-voted features.

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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.
All About Jason

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 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.

Wednesday
Apr 1
5pm | 4c
Season 8, Episode 2

A P.R. Disaster

Kristie is a successful professional in the public relations industry, but she has a P.R. disaster on her hands when it comes to her landscape. Her roommates and neighbors are tired of looking at this eyesore and are ready for a change - and fast! That's Jason's call to bring in custom shutters, a cool new Quartzite flooring for the porch and a monster stump grinder to clear out the landscape.

Friday
Apr 17
12pm | 11c
Season 11, Episode 7

An Arts & Crafts Style Landscape for a Windy City Bungalow

Jason Cameron and his Desperate Landscapes crew create an Arts and Crafts style landscape at an old Chicago bungalow. The design includes a custom-built cedar porch, a cool copper awning, a brick walkway and a beautiful wooden gate. Jason also plants a landscape filled with prairie style plantings that will thrive in Chicago's cold winter weather.

Thursday
May 7
12am | 11c
Season 11, Episode 11

Saddle Up for a Native Landscape for The Herd in Fort Worth, Texas

Jason Cameron saddles up and plays cowboy as he helps The Herd in Fort Worth, Texas create a new entrance for their non-profit educational center and pen. Jason teaches the cowboys to use their shovels for something other than manure as they add native cacti, grasses and shrubs to the landscape. Jason uses reclaimed brick to create a huge new walkway with a basket weave pattern, and he tries his hand at branding. He's not branding any steer, but he is branding The Herd's new entrance with a unique sign. The final work is something the entire Fort Worth Stockyards historic district can be proud of.

Wednesday
May 13
9pm | 8c
Season 12, Episode 12

Bringing an Ocean Vibe to an Oceanside Desperate Landscape

Samantha and Vince Galer love their home in Oceanside, California. They love being close to the beach and spend as much free time there as their jobs allow but they don't have a lot of time to spare. They have been rehabbing the inside of their home and Vince is a Marine Reservist and Samantha works as an animal trainer at Sea World. The first order of business is to get rid of a fence that's falling apart and to clear some ugly trees and debris. Jason's plan calls for building a new fence with a modern style to help keep their dog corralled. They build some custom surfboard lights and add a new paver patio and redwood fireplace for Sam and Vince to relax with friends.

Wednesday
May 20
10pm | 9c
Season 10, Episode 2

Newcomers to the Neighborhood

Neighborhood newcomers, Erynn and Henry, want to fit in and make their yard an entertainment haven for friends and family, but the weeds have gotten in the way. That's Jason Cameron's call to action. He's creating a patio, picnic table and a creative fireplace in the front yard to get the Casanovas fired up about their landscape.

Thursday
May 21
12am | 11c
Season 10, Episode 7

Keeping Austin Weird

It's time for a big, Texas style invasion for Eric and Betinna Hess. Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew are keeping things weird in Austin, Texas with a fence you can write on without getting into trouble, spinning planters made with a product that bends as you build and special edging that lets you design a path which goes any way you want! Plus, the artists who made this neighborhood magical!

Wednesday
Jun 3
9pm | 8c
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.

Saturday
Jun 6
2pm | 1c
Season 10, Episode 8

A Better than Ever Landscape

Hurricane Katrina wiped out Ulrick and Michele Jean-Pierre's landscape, but Jason Cameron completes this transformation and makes it better than ever! It's an unbelievable mix of Carribean art, exotic plants, and new Orleans character. This lightning-fast transformation closes a very long chapter for one amazing couple.

Monday
Jun 8
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 12, Episode 11

Wishing for a New Front Yard for a Firefighter's Family

Jeff Cole is a firefighter who works hard to help put out wildfires in California. It's a shame that Jeff and his wife Ashley have a fire hazard of their own in their front yard. To top it off, the front yard features an ugly old wishing well that everyone's been wishing would go away. Jeff brings a huge team of firefighters to help clear the debris that make the front yard dangerous, and Jason brings chainsaws to cut down some cypresses that are home to pests. He builds a custom concrete seating area and adds a fire pit to create an entertainment area for the homeowners. He also brings in artificial turf to help the Coles stay sensitive to California's water issues and to give their son Jameson and place to play. At the end of the day, the neighbors return to find out if their wishes have come true and the desperate and fire hazard have been cleared.

Thursday
Jun 25
1am | 12c
Season 10, Episode 5

The Old Firehouse

The Griffiths are turning an old firehouse into their new home, and Jason Cameron is bringing in the brigade to help them complete the transformation outside. He's helping the homeowners lay a new paver patio and put in a new flagpole. Plus, he's bringing a custom fire hydrant fountain and a new stain glass window. Will Jason's hard work put out the fiery complaints from neighbors?

Saturday
Apr 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 12, Episode 12

Bringing an Ocean Vibe to an Oceanside Desperate Landscape

Samantha and Vince Galer love their home in Oceanside, California. They love being close to the beach and spend as much free time there as their jobs allow but they don't have a lot of time to spare. They have been rehabbing the inside of their home and Vince is a Marine Reservist and Samantha works as an animal trainer at Sea World. The first order of business is to get rid of a fence that's falling apart and to clear some ugly trees and debris. Jason's plan calls for building a new fence with a modern style to help keep their dog corralled. They build some custom surfboard lights and add a new paver patio and redwood fireplace for Sam and Vince to relax with friends.

Tuesday
Jun 21
1pm | 12c
Season 11, Episode 12

Mid-Century Modern Makeover in Dallas

Jason Cameron is called to action in Dallas where everything is big including the Desperate Landscapes! A Mid-Century Modern home needs a major overhaul, and the homeowners, a wine broker and a popular cake ball baker, are eager for help. Jason tears down a huge brick wall that makes the Mid-Century home look like a fortress. He builds a big composite deck great for this family that loves to entertain and he plants an architectural landscape with funky shapes and a fountain. Plus, he adds great geometrical art to the wall. This is one Desperate Landscape makeover that takes the cake ball.

Monday
Jun 27
2pm | 1c
Season 13, Episode 4

Tear Down That Wall

Brandon and Jenny Donovan's home is hidden behind a creek and a huge wall that stretches the length of their house. The neighbors say the property looks abandoned and want Jason Cameron to fix it. Jason tears down the ugly block wall and builds a custom rough cut cedar bridge over the creek. The project features unusual Mid Century Modern paint color, a paver walkway, and a low maintenance entertainment area to turn this diamond-in-the-rough into a real beauty.

Sunday
Aug 7
7am | 6c
Season 13, Episode 6

Adding Art to an Ugly Yard

Ya La'ford is a popular St. Petersburg, Florida artist with an ugly front yard. She and her husband Vic are in need of some serious help. Jason brings in bold paint colors for the house and puts new steps on the front porch and covers them with glass tiles. The yard gets a synthetic turf yoga zone, seashell paver walkway and a new patio. At the end of the day, neighbors are impressed to see the transformation.

Sunday
Aug 7
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 7
8am | 7c
Season 13, Episode 5

Creating a Tropical Paradise in St. Pete

Chris McDonough fled Philadelphia's cold winters for a sunnier life near the beach, but her yard is anything but sunny. She lives in a historic area filled with cute bungalows, but her house is boring and barren. Jason Cameron has a plan to turn Chris's yard into a tropical paradise, and to do it, he'll add a retractable awning, a new bar and patio, and green screen with custom shelves. With all the fun new elements, Chris will definitely fit into this funky neighborhood.

Sunday
Aug 7
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Aug 7
9am | 8c
Season 13, Episode 3

A Victorian Landscape Dream

Samantha and Doug Louder bought a charming old home with a challenging landscape. With ivy, stumps, peeling paint and a crumbling walkway, the front yard had no charm. Jason Cameron designs a Victorian landscape that fits in nicely with the home and this neighborhood filled with impeccably tended yards. Jason's plan calls for taming the ivy, creating a Victorian-inspired trellis, building a beautiful fountain, and creating a bed swing for the front porch. At the end of eight hours, the house and yard are both oozing charm and awaiting reviews from the neighbors.

Sunday
Aug 7
9:30am | 8:30c
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
Aug 7
10am | 9c
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.

Sunday
Aug 7
10:30am | 9:30c

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