Landscape design: Contests offer a chance to improve ugly yards with expert help, tools and cash

yardsd.JPGCurb appeal: Before and after shots of a landscape makeover by the DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes.” The “after” landscape includes new plantings as well as improvements to the home’s facade.

Landscape challenges: Those with troubled front yards can try to win major help from two sources, the DIY Network show “Desperate Landscapes” and the yard tool maker Briggs & Stratton.

If dirty looks from the neighbors have made you truly desperate about the condition of your front yard, pull out the video camera. Fast.

Upload video or photos by Tuesday at that prove you have the most awful yard in America. Tip: While photos are acceptable, hopefuls can improve their chances with a video showing off the ugly landscape in contrast to their own lovely and fun personalities. Producers promise that host and licensed contractor Jason Cameron and the “Desperate Landscapes” crew will rip up the yard, replant it and make it the envy of the neighborhood. Submissions to the “America’s Most Desperate Landscape” contest could lead to the $25,000 landscape makeover as well as a chance at dubious fame when the challenged landscape is featured on a one-hour makeover special in July.

For contest details or to enter, visit


Need a little more time? Take a shot at Yard Smart Intervention from Briggs & Stratton. Enter through June 15 for a chance to win expert help, new landscaping equipment and a $1,500 prize.

Here, contest entry includes a chance to “turn in a neighbor or friend
whose yard is out of control.” But do be neighborly and diplomatic in advising your intended candidate beforehand about the landscape-improvement opportunity.

Visit to enter, get contest details and view the competing entries.

Homeowners also can call (866) 927-3847 for the company’s free expert lawn,
garden and equipment advice through May 15.


About Maria Paulina Pagano

As a Realtor for the last twenty years and a Monmouth County resident for twenty-four years, I have accumulated extensive and invaluable knowledge of the Real Estate Market and Market Trends. Member of Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex MLS.
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