Desperate Landscapes

Desperate Landscapes

How to Apply

Before filling out your application, have three pictures ready (one of yourself with spouse/partner, one of your ugly front yard, one of a nicer yard in the neighborhood) that are under 2 MB each. You MUST submit photos with your application. Applications without photos will be rejected.

Additionally, if you intend to submit a video, have it uploaded to YouTube in advance. Below are some handy how to's in case you're unsure of the process:

How to Check Image File Size

To find out if an image that is currently stored on your computer is 2MB or smaller:

Using a MAC:
  • Place your cursor over the image icon and Ctrl-click
  • Choose Get Info
  • The "Size" line on the Info tab shows the image's file size (1 KB = 1,024 bytes)
  • An 2MB image is equal to 2048 KB in file size
Using a PC:
  • Place your cursor over the image icon, and right-click
  • Choose Properties
  • The "Size" line on the Properties tab shows the image's file size (1 KB = 1,024 bytes)
  • An 2MB image is equal to 2048 KB in file size

How to Upload a Video

You will need a YouTube account to upload a video so you will need that first. Go to YouTube and click Create an Account if you don’t have one already.

Once you edit your video, make sure it’s smaller than 2GB in size, in an acceptable file format, and less than 15 minutes. If all of these things are in order, you are now ready to upload!

To upload your video:
  • Click the Upload link at the top of any YouTube page.
  • Click the Upload Video button to browse for the video file you’d like to upload to our site. Select the file you want to upload and click Open.
  • As the video file is uploading, enter as much information about your video as possible in the relevant fields (including Title, Description, Tags, and Category). You’re not required to provide specific information, but the more information you include, the easier it is for users to find your video!
  • Click the Save Changes button to save the updates you’ve made to the video file.

Once finished, copy the URL link for the video and place it in the form Video URL.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will you actually do to my landscape?

Our goal is to make a dramatic transformation and give you the curb appeal you've always wanted. This means a wide variety of work might be done: from creating new planting beds to adding trees, shrubs and flowers. Plus we’ll tackle home improvement projects like repairing walkways or building new ones, installing lighting, touching up exterior paint or installing a new door. It’s important to remember every project is different and the scope of work done at your home is at the discretion of the producers based on what will work best for you and the program.

Do you really need my neighbors to be involved?

Yes! This is an important part of our show. 2 or 3 of your neighbors will be needed to talk briefly about how they love you but hate your landscape. We want this to be fun and playful but not mean spirited. It’s important to include in your application the neighbors who will enjoy teasing you about your lack of landscaping skills. And on the day we transform your home, we’ll bring the neighbors around to look at the results. They'll be envious!

Do I pay for supplies or equipment or labor?

No! We provide everything. After being selected, you’ll meet with our landscape designer and production team. They'll come up with a plan and get your approval. Our producers may request you supply some helpers such as family and friends to help speed the project up.

How many days will you be shooting at my house?

You will be needed for two shoots. The first one takes a few hours and is when we get the "before" shots and interview you about the landscape problems. We will also interview some of your neighbors. A few weeks later is the big day when we transform your landscape. All the work is done in about 10 hours. You will be needed all day for the production.

What will I be doing on TV and when will it air?

You'll be having fun, learning and working alongside our DIY experts. Together, you'll do a variety of different projects throughout the day. The most important thing is for you to be energetic and excited and ask lots of good questions! You'll be informed several months before your episode airs.