Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TV Show Wants to Make over a Bad Yard; 'Desperate Landscapes' Wants to Shoot Three Beaches Yard Makeovers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TV Show Wants to Make over a Bad Yard; 'Desperate Landscapes' Wants to Shoot Three Beaches Yard Makeovers

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Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER

Wanted: Homeowners with the ugliest yard on the block. Must be willing to undergo some ribbing on TV. A free makeover will transform the exterior of your house.

They must live in Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra Beach. Their neighbors should have lovely yards that make them feel rotten every time they step outdoors. They have to be willing to get dirty with the landscape team and bring several friends to help.

"We're looking for homeowners who try to hide their face when they leave their house because they are embarrassed about their landscape," said Jay Shatz, who produces the Desperate Landscapes series that airs Mondays on the DIY Network. "They have taken the first step and admitted it."

JayTV, founded by Shatz, wants to shoot three Beaches yard makeovers the last week in March. Homeowners with the right stuff may apply online at www.jaytv.net or by e-mailing casting@jaytv.net. Prospective homeowners have only one more week to apply, he said this week.

JayTV does programming for cable television networks such as DIY Network, a home and yard improvement network that's a sister of HGTV and the Food Network.

Desperate Landscapes has transformed roughly 60 landscapes in two years. Led by host Jason Cameron, it sends a 20-person crew from Cincinnati with backhoes, sod strippers, hole diggers and plants from local nurseries.

"In one day, we're taking it from worst to first," Shatz said. "We help them get their act together."

Desperate Landscapes shot three makeovers at the Beaches in February, including Kim Rogers' small cottage on 17th Street in Atlantic Beach.

Among other things, they created planting beds with drought tolerant, indigenous plants to frame her house, perked up her rickety picket fence, removed a rotten tree, created house numbers in mosaic, painted the exterior of the house and built a stone walkway. Depending on the conditions, the crew might also transplant trees, lay new sod, change doors and add shutters, a trellis, window box or retaining wall. …

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