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.
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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 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.

Saturday
Jun 6
3pm | 2c
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.

Saturday
Jun 6
4pm | 3c
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.

Saturday
Jun 6
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 10, Episode 12

Beneful's Dream Dog Park

When Jason Cameron discovers a beat up dog park he gets to work giving the Alabaster Alabama puppy population a great place to have fun! Jeni Miller was chosen the winner of the Beneful's Dream Dog Park Makeover and Jason and his team acted fast. From amazing water features to incredible play spaces, it's a dream dog park come true for an entire community.

Saturday
Jun 6
7pm | 6c
Season 11, Episode 1

America's Most Desperate Landscape

"Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscape crew conduct their annual search for America's Most Desperate Landscape. Jason reviewed videos and pictures from all across the country and found the ugliest front yard in Escondido, California. He pulls out all the stops to transform the Ruffin family's front yard from one of the worst in the country to one of the best. Jason takes down a huge dying tree, rips out an ugly old walkway, sledgehammers an old brick planter and moves a massive boulder to clear this ugly yard, and then he brings in the cool stuff. Jason installs a travertine walkway, a beautiful steel pergola, a new garage door, a fountain and custom-built benches. All of that plus hundreds of plants transform America's Most Desperate Landscape into on of the most beautiful around."

Monday
Jun 22
3:30pm | 2:30c
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 22
4pm | 3c
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
Jun 24
9pm | 8c
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?

Wednesday
Jun 24
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Wednesday
Jun 24
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Thursday
Jun 25
12am | 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.

Thursday
Jun 25
12:30am | 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?

Thursday
Jun 25
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Thursday
Jun 25
2am | 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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