Interview with DIY Network’s Ace Landscape Gardener Ahmed Hassan

Network Personality Discusses Blog Cabin and the Finer Points of Doing It Yourself on TV

Ahmed Hassan I’ll be the first to admit that when I recently heard about a new television series called Blog Cabin, I had very little idea what the show or its host channel, DIY Network, was. Earlier this year, the general public was given the opportunity to visit the DIY Network’s Web site in order to vote on and select thirteen design specifics for a cabin that would be custom-built in the Great Smoky Mountains under the knowledgeable eyes of assorted DIY expert personalities. The entire process is captured in the currently airing first season of Blog Cabin, hosted by carpenter Amy Devers. The real kicker, however, is the sweepstakes that interested U.S. residents can enter right now for a chance to win that blog cabin to keep as their very own vacation home. If you haven’t submitted your details yet, you have until October 1 to do so.

Last week, I received an opportunity of my own to interview one of the DIY personalities scheduled to complete a portion of the Blog Cabin project related to their area of expertise. Ahmed Hassan, a professional landscape gardener based in California, has appeared on both DIY and its more well-known sister network HGTV. At HGTV, he participated in the Landscape Smart! series, and he currently hosts the popular The Dirt On… at DIY. During our conversation, it was very clear that the DIY Network showcases professionals who are adept at engaging audiences while educating them at the same time—even people like me, who normally wouldn’t gravitate towards TV focused on home-improvement or do-it-yourself projects. So, now, here’s the chat with Hassan that told me more than I thought I’d ever know about doing things myself and getting on TV for it, building cabins with outdoor fireplaces in the mountains, and missing out on the obviously most-excellent DIY Network.

QUESTION: I have to let you know right off that I don’t get the Do It Yourself Network in my area, although its sister network HGTV is a part of my cable package. There are also probably a number of people who do get DIY, but don’t realize it. How would you describe the DIY network to people like me, who’ve never had the chance to watch? What’s the purpose or theme of the network?

Ahmed Hassan: First of all, I like to tell people DIY is related to HGTV. It’s like we are the little sister, and they are the big sister. HGTV is the network people have heard of. It is a common household name. DIY, I find, a third of the people I mention it to are familiar with the Do It Yourself Network. I was talking to a guy about this today—the people that are out there looking and working a little bit guided [by] information [on] how to do things themselves, that is the nature of who they are. These people seem to be familiar with the DIY network. Of course, it helps if they can get it in their area. I know certain cable companies don’t offer DIY yet. What I describe DIY as is it’s similar to HGTV, except we take a little bit more time on the educational side. We educate people on how to do these things: how you go about developing this, creating that, designing this, or building that. That’s why the network is really right up my alley; because I’m really in love with teaching something that I am interested in and passionate about.

QUESTION: Can you tell me a bit about how you became professionally involved in landscape gardening? I’ve read your online profile on the DIY Web site, but how would you describe your path to “landscape and gardening glory”?

Ahmed Hassan: I’ve grown up in landscape gardening. My dad was a landscape gardener. I surpassed my dad and his knowledge a long time ago. [Laughs] That’s really where my love for it started: being outside, being able to utilize many tools, work with my hands similar to playing with my hands as a child, and building and creating and fixing things. I’m making them look better. It was about cleaning up the yard, mowing the grass, and trimming the hedges, and [doing] the maintenance chores—- I grew up in the time when kids actually did chores. [Laughs] And I got a lot of praise for it. I was doing gardening work, making the house look good, and my parents would come out and give me a lot of praise for that: one, because they didn’t have to ask me to do that, and, two, [because] I was getting work done.

I praise my children. When I come home and my son shows me that his room is clean, he helped to do this or he helped to do that, that’s how I kind of got into it. It kind of just snowballed from there. Once I found out I could actually make money doing this, and I could make even more money if I educated myself and could talk the talk, then I started going the educational route—horticulture and other things more serious.

QUESTION: I love the concept of Design Star on HGTV, where competitors come on the show, do their thing, and then win their own TV show if they beat all of the competition. The selection process is pretty straightforward. But how does someone land a job hosting television programs on DIY? Did you go to a casting call, or were you contacted directly? Did somebody recommend you? How did you get the gig?

Ahmed Hassan Ahmed Hassan: [Laughs] Let me tell you how I did it. I started off doing a few shows for HGTV. I was featured as the landscaper or the contractor. Basically, I was doing similar to what I’m doing now. I wasn’t hosting; I was being featured as a specialist or the contractor. And from meeting the producers, and from learning the difference from what I do in reality—which is doing work for people—and the reality of what we need for TV, and from the producers seeing that I am the person that can talk about what I’m doing and enjoy talking about what I’m doing and actually know what I am doing. [Laughs] It was like a sure fit.

I got a lot of love from the producers for every show I had done for HGTV. When you get love from producers what it means is when they move on throughout their career and they move to different networks or they work for different network companies and people are looking for landscape talent in my situation, people remember you, people remember your name. I got calls from several producers several different times for different kinds of shows, some landscaping, some home improvement. It was mainly because I think I impressed them, for lack of a better word.

Just like on my other show, I featured specialists in the field, and on the current show we are shooting that will air next year called Yard Crafters, I am working with other landscapers. I work with a different group of people each show. I get to see and my producers get to see who works well, who is easy to work with, to communicate with. It’s all these other things that go into the whole package. And, of course, know what you are doing and the related areas. That says he’ll be great on TV, he’s fun to watch, he knows what he’s doing, she understands what she’s doing, she’s articulate, she does well for all these different steps. It’s kind of a combo package as opposed to being a great landscaper. But, you hate to talk to the camera when you’re not conveying your information and giving that to other people. It takes an overall package. [Laughs]

QUESTION: You’ve also done duty on HGTV with the Landscape Smart! series. What’s the difference between doing a show on HGTV and doing one on DIY?

Ahmed Hassan: On DIY we want to talk a little bit more [about] the exact information. DIY is very much an educational entertainment network, where I think HGTV is more than entertainment. It’s kind of passive—[one is] able to enjoy and look and see, and maybe it stimulates thoughts and ideas. At DIY, we try to take it one step further and give you a little bit more information and allow you to go on the Web site and get even more.

The networks are very similar. DIY is a little bit more on the educational side of it. I am trying to take it one step further than the [show] that I did before Landscape Smart! because I was not the host of the show; I did not do the voiceover for the show. I just had to be present and play my role very well, whereas hosting the show, I have to not only play my role very well, I have to help anybody else on the show with me and on the set, give them the word and pump them in the right direction, and nudge them in the right direction so that the show can move forward. We call that carrying the show. I have to carry the show. I have to sometimes stimulate the energy to bring it up. I have to bring it down. [Laughs] I have to give it direction, and I have to help other people to shine and look good because I was in their position at one time.

Actually, you are in control there.

Ahmed Hassan: Right. One of the things hosts have to do, we have to make people feel comfortable in front of the cameras, because you can have someone who has more personality than three people put together, and you put them in front of a camera and, all of a sudden, they don’t know what to do, they don’t know what to say. Their face is straight, and you don’t typically sit down to watch TV with people like that. [Laughs] So, sometimes I have to create camaraderie and comfortability [so] that whomever I’m talking with is focused on me and dealing with me and other interactions, and all the camera is there to do is just to capture that.

QUESTION: Moving on to the very interesting Blog Cabin, which incorporates the input of literally thousands of people, from the experts who are constructing everything to the general public who chose the ultimate design components by voting and commenting. How did the show come into existence?

Ahmed Hassan: That is not a question for me. That is over my head. [Laughs] The concept of Blog Cabin, that’s a concept over my head. I had nothing to do with that. I was invited to be a part of Blog Cabin. Blog Cabin was about building, designing, the developmental process, and letting the viewers be a part of that, and designing this beautiful cabin outside. It’s still under construction, though. [Laughs] We gotta do something with the landscaping.

I just came over to be part of this process. And the difference with the landscaping and the rest of the house is the viewers chose the outdoor fireplace. So, that was something they selected. I’m sure the paving surface in front was also selected. That’s about it. The rest, I got together with Amy [DIY on-air personality Amy Matthews] and the crew and decided what we want to do in a situation, or how we need to make the cabin fit in with the rest of the environment, and that will be landscaping.

Blog Cabin We don’t take a downtown Los Angeles landscape and stick it in the Smoky Mountains around this cabin. It wouldn’t make sense. So, what I did was jumped on a plane and went out there and helped look at the overall space as opposed to looking at it online. We had pictures—looked at the space, looked at the natural resources there on the property, on-site. And then we just came up a simple landscape because, in essence, if you have a cabin in the mountains, you just want a simple landscape. This is not supposed to be a high-maintenance English garden around this cabin.

It was a lot of fun for me because you never know what you are going to get in the natural environment. We never knew what they handed away, what was there before, what was still available. So, we came up with a very simple design. We basically just created a new hardscaped accessible area. We put flagstone in. We had to get access from the top, where the front door to the bottom storage area was, where the basement is. So, we built some steps, and that was a tedious and arduous and very labor-intensive project. But, I had some landscapers up there, and they wouldn’t stop, and I wouldn’t stop ’til it was done. And we just put a splattering of plants that do well in the area.

And that’s why I usually rely on other landscapers in that area to help me out, because I’m a Californian gardener. [Laughs] So, we talk about plants, and I understand plants, and they tell me what goes well in the area. And I go with them, and we just kind of collaborate on where things should go and keep it simple. The whole thing was just keep it simple because this is just a vacation getaway home. This is not a garden that someone is going to be out there maintaining all the time because you’ll be going up there for a little relaxation, a little getaway. So, that in itself told us what we needed to do. So, that was cool.

QUESTION: If I’m not mistaken, you make your grand contribution to Blog Cabin in the twelfth episode, “Sizzling Landscapes.” You’ll be overseeing the construction of an outdoor fireplace. I’m giving away my urban roots now, but please tell me—because I’m dying to know—what the difference is between an indoor fireplace and an outdoor fireplace, besides the obvious fact that one’s outside and the other’s not.

Ahmed Hassan: I think you just said it. You said it in your question. One is outdoors, and one is indoors. [Laughs] This is a standalone fireplace; this is a fireplace unto itself, where you have to walk out of the house, across a patio, and there’s a fire pit or grill. This is a fireplace that stands alone, and it’s outdoors, one step above a fire pit, a pit you throw newspapers or logs, charcoal in. A fireplace may be gas or a little more personalized, refined.

Why do you think a homeowner would want a fireplace outside?

Ahmed Hassan: That is the beauty of being a landscaper. There are people with money and who want it all: all the plants and flowers that attract the hummingbirds, and cut flowers, scented things in the garden, things to hang out around warm furniture, shade above and sunny spots to bathe in, fire when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm. If you can’t afford it, you dig a hole and make a fire pit or you have a fireplace. The viewers wanted a fireplace.

QUESTION: I’m also eager to know why DIY Network is giving the blog cabin away in a sweepstakes. What’s the rationalization for that decision? What’s the network getting out of doing that?

Ahmed Hassan: First of all, it’s a fun thing, it’s a giveaway. When things are fun and prizes are significant, I think they get better publicity in play. We build a cabin. Who is going to take it? [Laughs] It’s in the desert, not in Los Angeles. [Laughs] It only made sense that we make it part of something, that we give it away. That the general public— The viewers were the ones able to construct it. So, hey, the viewers should be able to figure out who gets it. And the only way to do that is to raffle it off like a sweepstakes. So, they couldn’t figure out what else to do with it. [The person who gets it] couldn’t be anyone from the network. They would be excluded [because] that wouldn’t be fair. So, we build it, what do we do with it? Let’s give it away. [Laughs]

And the network gets publicity for that.

Ahmed Hassan: It gets publicity. It changes someone’s life in a good way. It’s just a nice thing. It makes you feel good—makes the person getting it feel really good. [Laughs]

QUESTION: Based on ratings and viewer response so far, do you think there will be another season of Blog Cabin, or is this a one-shot deal?

Ahmed Hassan: I think so. I’m expecting that there will be. I just don’t know if it will be a cabin. It may be a beach house. It may be a lithograph… [Laughs] …a little cottage, a house. I think it will be something similar; yet, I believe it will involve something else. I don’t think it will be a cabin. I definitely think it will be something else that will be developed, designed, and implemented, and more than likely given away.

Related Post: DIY Network Presents ‘Blog Cabin’: The Home That Blogs Built

Blog Cabin currently airs Thursdays on the DIY Network at 9pm and 9:30pm EST

Ahmed Hassan and Blog Cabin photos courtesy of the DIY Network

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  1. Ahmed Hassan : married or single?(please God let him be single)
    he is good and talented, AND TOPPING IT OFF SICKENING HANDSOME

    1. You have good eyes, anisha! Sorry, though, because when I spoke to him, Ahmed was very happily married. Of course, that was some time ago, too…

  2. how can i get you to come and do a yard makeover at my home?

    1. I’m personally not available to make over anyone’s yard (sorry — no training), and I have no idea if Ahmed Hassan is available either. Maybe checking the DIY network website could lead you in the right direction to find out. It’s at diynetwork.com.

  3. We love watching Yard Crashers. We thought the OSH stores he hangs out at are in LA area but since he’s from Nor Cal, does he ever hang out in the East Bay Osh stores? Does HGTV ever post a schedule?

    1. I don’t know where Ahmed hangs out, Deb — I’m on the opposite coast. But you can check HGTV for a schedule at the network’s website hgtv.com.

  4. Hi,Mr.Ahmad Hassan
    I saw your show the other day, you were just looking for someone to help, You are so blessed to be able to help others. Ahmad I was wondering if you will come to the Maryland eara as I have a back yard that needs your help so badly.I prachased a home in Prince George’s County Maryland about 4 year. I am a 68 year old lady with a very big back and front yard around my house, I would love and be so happy if you were to do what I saw you do with just wanting to help people, will you please consider coming to this aera, as I really need your help.

    Please email me or call and let me know, Can I send pictrues the the yard. Sincerely Elsa Malloy (phone number removed by webmaster)

  5. I have sent a message asking for help with rebuilding my backyard.

    I await your responds. thank you Elsa Malloy

    1. Hi, Elsa. Ahmad isn’t affiliated with this website, TV Jots, so it’s unlikely he’ll ever see your comments. But, I’m sure he would appreciate the fact that you’re a fan.

  6. i live in texas panhandle on 320ac. of land, we live in a double wide trailer with my wife an grandson. would you like to come to childress tx. for a wide open yard crasher show or any kind of yard help show.i have an old windmill and cattle water tank i would like to use but need help with the other things too make it look right with a outdoor kitchen for cookouts an a deck an walk way around the above ground pool.

    1. mark, since Ahmed probably doesn’t read this blog, it’s unlikely he’ll see your comment.

  7. How much to have a 1 acre yard landsaped by you? Will you come to Bangor, MI?

  8. I just wanted to know if yard crashers ever come to small cities like Paducah Ky. If he does he could show up at mine and my husbands home it needs a landscape makeover we have been trying to do the makeover for years. If you happen to show up in Paducah, Ky please E-Mail us and let us know what store you are going to be at so we can be there.

    Thank You
    Reta

  9. Hello Ahmad,
    I am a big fan of your show. I love Home Depot too :). I have lived in my home for 8 mths. I have worked very hard trying to rennovate the inside and outside without a lot of help. Therefore, the inside takes priority.I have done a large
    amount in the yard. However, it is lacking the serene atmosphere
    I so badly need. The yard is truly where I enjoy being the most.I don’t mind the work that is needed. It’s very overwhelming because I don’t want to ask my friends to come help when they have projects of their own. Of course if you came to visit they would all be willing to help.Sincerely.

  10. I fell in love with Yard Crashers (HGTV) and wanted to know which part of the country you film the show in and if you consider giving advice to people like me who know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about landscaping. Maybe a chat room of sorts. I have ideas, I’ve drawn out a plan, but I don’t want to put the wrong items in my compact yard – making a mistake that will only cause me to trash it, waste money, and start over in the near future. I like to do things once. I just want to relax in a comfortable space, have a cup of coffee in the morning before work, while watching the sun rise. I can only pray that you end up in my little town. Be blessed and much success.
    With much respect for your craft, Bea.

  11. Hellow Ahmed,
    I love your show, you have a great personality too, things you have done with all the yard it is great, we are sure we could use your help as you know what you are doing. We have a house on a hill, it is very very difficult to do anything, the view is great but not the landscape. I like a deck area, already have the big BBQ from HD, and a hot tub would be great. Now Home Depot is our number one store. This will be the most changeling yard work you will ever encounter, and you the only one who can do this. Please let me know when you in San Francisco area. Hope to receive an e-mail from you.

    Thank you
    Zee Z

  12. Hello Ahmad: My husband and I will soon be married for 43 years, come April 30th. We moved from our 3 story home into a one level home approximately 2 1/2 years ago and we have worked awfully hard to get our yard looking nice. We had our other yard looking like a picture when we sold it. The reason that we moved into one level is that we are both disabled. Nick, my husband, is a 100% totally disabled Vietnam veteran and he is not able to do what landscaping we would love to have in our yard. We have just resowed new grass and it has started to look much better. Our neighbors will tell you how hard Nick has worked to get our yard to look good.

    I was just wandering, if you would be in the Knoxville, Tennessee area anytime soon, and if you would consider using our yard as one of your television projects? I would love to surprise my husband with this and I will help you in any way I can with my disabilities, such as they are.

    Thank you for any consideration you can give me on this matter, and I would appreciate receiving a response from you on this.

    Sincerely,

    Jackie Smartt

  13. You have me looking for you whenever I go to a home improvement show. If I don’t be careful I will be taking the wrong person home to help me with my landscaping. Do you ever come to the metro Detroit area?

  14. I love your show. Does your show ever come to Fort Lauderdale Florida? Can you come please fix up my yard it needs you badly.

  15. We love Yard Crashers and Ahmed Hassan, I would love for him to come to Atlanta, Ga “Grant Park Area!” How do you find out about his schedule? Keep up the Good Work. “God Bless!”

  16. I love the way you surprise people at the gardening stores, I wish you would do it in my area.I am in the East Coast, Northern New Jersey. My husband and I are already 30years married and in the little time we have free,when we are not working we are always trying to improve our landscape.But we are getting older and is getting more difficult each time. We just got into a home addition/improvement mess(the GC took advantage and ripped us off) so now we are trying to finish the house and the landscape is a complete disaster!It will take us more than 6 month to do something about it. If you ever come to NJ let us know, we might be lucky to get your help

  17. live on long island ny, would like to know when you’ll be in this area to help me with my backyard..

  18. I have a disasterous back yard can you help me???? Need pictures for proof, no problem!!! Thank you, for your time!!! You’ll have your hands full with this landscape. Would be a great show for your YARD CRASHERS!!!!

  19. I love what you do with backyardsand transform them to a different world.I need help in designing and making of a roman garden in my backyard.Please assist.

    Thanks.

  20. i am landscaping my yard i was wondering if you could send me some pictures or ideas on how to landscape my yard.

    1. if you can please email asap

  21. I think ahmed hassan is very talented. I watch his show ‘Yard Crashers’ and I always totally enjoy it? And of course he is sooooooo very handsome.

  22. I just saw your show “Yard Crashers” for the first time this morning, and was amazed at the “vegas style” back yard transformation for the bachelor in Sacramento. I’m wondering if and/or when you will be in the Elk Grove area? I am in desperate need of a back yard transformation myself, as the person that we hired before to install features just did a horrible job, and is a complete embarrassment , that I don’t allow anyone back there.

  23. thanks for posting your interview info on him. he is very handsome. PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT AHMED PERSONAL WEBSITE. HE WILL NOT SEE YOUR COMMENTS AND REQUEST. SHE HAS STATED THAT ALREADY!! READ

  24. Dear Ahmad,

    Mine Name is Elizabeth McClure and I love your show. Will you ever come to Annapolis Maryland? I have another question will you ever put your projects on DVD so the rest of use cane try
    some of your projects?

  25. Dear:Ahmed Hassan.I wood luv 2 knw wen u wood B coming 2 Tucson,AZ.I luv wat u & ur crew do.Yard Crashers is a great show 2 watch,cuz we viewers get 2 watch all ur amazing art work creations & get 2 see the lucky target customers happy face reactions.It’s a blessing 2 hav u & ur crew 2 fullfill a homeowners dream 2 redo their boring yard.I wood luv 2 hear from u,please reply if u & ur lovely crew will take a drive here in the dry city desert of Tucson Arizona.Thank You Ahmed,& crew 4 giving us viewers an awesome opportunity 2 hav hope & faith 2 be able 2 steal some of ur ideas.U r a great inspiration 2 all of us who watch ur TV Show.GOD BLESS U all

  26. ahmed i bought ahouse in beverton ,oregon 3 years ago i worked so hard in that house the only think left is my back yard is a mess i am in iraq right now working as lingist with u.s army i have to girls 7 years and 2 years if u could make my back yard better for my girls ,i will be on r&r around 11-25-2009 please email me back . thank you .

  27. — this is my email . thank you.

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  28. Phew.. To bad he will never go to the midwest. I think I would fall over if he came knocking on our door.
    Sure could use his knowlege and expertise to. Unfortunately LA will need more landscapers for an infinate amount of shows

  29. Hello Ahmed,

    I’ve been watching your show for a while and enjoy how you listen to the homeowners to incorporate the design to fit their needs. So any chance you’ll be in the DFW Texas area? I will take off from work and scout the hardware stores if there is any possibility. My father tore our deck up and has yet to do anything with it. Its been over 8 months now and its driving me crazy!

    Keep them Yard Crashers episodes going strong!

    Jackie-

  30. ahmed hassan, i never miss any of your shows ( yard crashers) you are so very talented.if you are ever in the atlanta, ga.area i would love to meet you. you have a great personality and so likeable for hosting a tv show.Thank you, p.s. my yard needs help also.

  31. Hello Ahmed,
    I desperately need your help! Please! Please! Please! My wife is crazy about you and your show, Yard Crashers. She tapes all your shows and constantly watches you day and night. One TV in our house is always on playing your TV show. She looks for you in all the stores that sell landscaping plants. We live in Katy, Texas which is located just outside of Houston. We have a huge backyard and have no clue what to do with it. She has many ideas and many photos from the internet and magazines of different things she would like included in the backyard, but no plan. I would love to surprise her for our 20th wedding anniversary if you could help me.

    Signed,
    Desperate Bert Precado in Katy, Texas

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  32. Congrats Ahmad , you are doing great , my wife and I always talk about you.

  33. Ahmed,

    Please come and crash my yard. I watch your show religiously and I would love for you to come to Florida and create a heavenly space for me. I have an acre of land that you can do whatever you want. All I ask is that you create a space that takes away stress and the day-to day of working full time and raising a 5 year old and a 47 year old. Please help and I will be forever grateful.

  34. MR. HASSAN, I WATCHED AN EPISODE WHERE YOU MIXED UP THIS PEBBLE ROCK AND SPREAD OVER THE PATIO. I NEED TO KNOW WHERE CAN I GET THAT PRODUCT FROM. PLEASE LET ME KNOW, YOU HAVE MY EMAIL ADDRESS.

  35. Hello, all! I am writing to encourage you to join the group on FB – Fans of Yard Crashers. That group is informed of Ahmed’s upcoming appearances and events. You can also send messages to Ahmed there that he actually reads! He doesn’t respond to all of them, but he does read them all. How do I know? I’m his business manager and I makes sure he keeps up with what folks are saying to him and about him. You can also write to me at marketing@ahmadandahmad.com. He won’t respond to every message, but he’ll be made aware. Thanks for your love and support – watch for more Ahmed in 2010!

    1. Thank you for sharing this information with the many readers of this post, Kelley. I appreciate it, and I’m sure they do, as well.

  36. Hi I wanted to see if I can get you or your program to come to my daughters & son in-laws house to do the back yard. They really need help they dont have money but I thought I would try to help them get someone to help them out. They are a first time buyer. Please help
    Thanks Jeanne

  37. MY NAME IS MARTIN KING
    I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN A CLASS
    LEARNING ABOUT DIFFERENT CAREERS
    I WOULD BE GRATEFULL IF YOU COULD ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS
    WHY DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD?
    WHAT ARE THE MAJOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUCESS IN THIS CAREER?
    HOW IS THIS JOB CHANGING?
    HOW DID YOU GET THIS JOB?
    WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THIS?
    Email —
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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  38. HELLLLLLLLLP, I need Ahmed Hassan to fix my yard. It’s a real challenge.

  39. How do you get to be a participant on Yard Crashers? My husband and I need help with our patio and landscaping design. I am 6o and my husband is 74. We cleared 7 of our 10 acres ourselves. Our initial plan was to become self-sufficient; raising our own vegetables, cows and chickens. Then with raising two boys, owning and running our own restaurant (for 10 years) things got away from us. What can you do to help us?

  40. My husband and I watch your program and really enjoy it. I would like to know where Ahmed Hassan is hanging out. We would totally be greatful to find him and his crew.My husband has emphyzma and chronic bronchidis which means his stamina for laboriuos work is low. So it”s up to me to do the outdoor and indoor work.I would like HELP and ideas for an easier to care for lawn.
    Mr.Hassan thank you for your show.

  41. Being a senior citizen and widow, I started watching yard crashers just imaging what I could do to fix up my yard so I can njoy the outdoors along my grandchildren. Ahmed,the host, is a personable young man and perfect at explaining things, even if I can’t always keep up. Now I watch it to get ideas that seniors can do by themselves. I would like to see more of that. Thanks to your program, I know some of the work I have tackled should probably be left to a professional.If you are ever in Marietta Ga, I would like to hire you ifd you have senior rate.

  42. Howdy!!!!!!!!!

    My name is lorie and I watch your show ll the time. I really like your show. I have a question for you. when are you coming to oklahoma to tape a show? Cause I need some help on my back and front yard please. I know what I want to do in the back yard and in the front yard. I want a creek that runs between my crape myrtle and runs around my japanese maple into a pond. Thats just part of what I have planned. So do think you and your crew could help us? PLEASE PLEASE AND THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sure would like to here from ya’ll!

    thank you David and Lorie
    from tulsa,oklahoma

  43. You give DIY energy, I enjoy watching your show and my husband and I have chosen our dream house to be a log cabin, thanks for your inspiration. I will use great ideals for our log cabin, thank you so much for being you.

  44. Ahmed, When will you be in the League City, Texas area. I need help with my backyard badly. I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to come together.

  45. Love the landscaping designed by Ahmed. I could never afford this on my own. Does he go to Louisiana and is there a way to get on a sweepstake for his show? I live in Metairie very close to New Orleans. I lost a beautiful Oak tree in my yard due to Hurricaine Katrina. I could play on any of your sympathy and would be ever so greatful.
    Keeping my fingers crossed and a few prayers.
    Anxiously awaiting you reply,
    Donna Trahan

  46. DEAR AHMED, love your show. uknow u do great wonders with peoples land, i wanted to know how come there are never any shows like yours in the pittsburgh area. If u or your network can find it in your hearts to do a show at the home dept. or lowes in pittsburgh . Because i just bought a new house and would love to show the block how it can be transformed by the badest man i know MR.AHMED (better than the rest! THANKS LADONNA

  47. Ahmed, No one needs you as much as we do!!! My husband was seriously hurt, was layed off from work and having a very difficult time trying to find work. I work quite a bit and our front yard is a disaster! We live in the southwest and would love for you to come help us!! We are good hardworking people. We just need a break and your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

  48. hi ahmed my daughters first communion is comming up on may first she wants me to have a party in the back yard but it looks awful back there and i dont have money to make this happen because i lost my job so can you please help me make this happen for her
    Atlanta Georgia

    sincerly Anne Marie Eugene

  49. Ahmed Hassen help help help,first time home buyers. desperate need of help with backyard,to much to do. Don’t know waht to do.

  50. Ahmed Hassen ; Help, Help, Help, First time home buyers, desperate need of help with backyard, to much to do. Don’t know what to do. Please help. thank-you.

  51. Ahmed, I have seen you in the past on T.V., of course, and want to know when are you coming to Blakeslee PA. I was flipping the channel and came across DIY and thought it was great. I have an acre of land that needs a serious make over. It is not junky,(or should it be?)it is clean land with nothing on it. The house is 6 yrs. old. We had the trees taken down last years so it is very Open! I know you would have fun with it.

    Donna Singleton-Jones
    Blakeslee, PA

  52. I;am lost you see my brother died of cancer and he never got to finish his backyard I know that he wanted to put stepping stones in because he has all the cement for that How do we get help for this I know that I can not do it and his wife cannot afford someone to come in and do it any advise would help thanks

  53. Amhed, i dont have a yarde, but i think we should be marriaged. emale I.

  54. Hi Ahmed:

    We had the opportunity to meet and speak with you at Epcot in Orlando, Florida in 5/2010. You do beautiful work and it transforms the backyards. I have yet to see a show in Florida. Any future visits planned for our side of town? I would love to see you do a backyard with some Feng Shui inspiration in the future. Good luck on all your success.

    Maria and Zelimar

  55. Hi Ahmed,

    Help!

    Thanks,
    Greg

  56. My daughter and her boyfriend just bought there first house in Topeka Ks 66604 it is 90 years old and is in an area Topeka is making the historical part of Topeka, our daughter is actually getting a historical plaque for the house. It is in a neighbor hood that is slowly becoming a fixer upper. There back yard is all mud and not alot of money to do what they want. We have taken out trees and found a brick pathway from the back of the house out to the alley way under 4″ of mud. Any suggestions would be helpful (cheap) they don’t have much money. Thanks

  57. hi will u help me make my yard into a paradise like ur shows there so aswome please please please

  58. Hey Ahmed – we would welcome you in our bland backyard anytime. We have a fenced in yard with lake view. In addition, we have a tired pool that could use a facelist and have lots of space to entertain..BTW – an added bonus is Lowe’s is just down the street …Please come to Tulsa :)

  59. Hey Ahmed – I would like to welcome you in to my bland backyard anytime. It’s fenced in yard I love to be able to go out and sit in the back yard. I would love to have a paradise to sit in. Right now the only person who get’s to enjoy the yard is my dog Drama. I would love it if you would come to Ellenwood GA. So this way I can enjoy the backyard with Drama. Pleas come Ahmed.

  60. Hi Ahmed,

    My daughter and I spoke with you on a brief interview in a Las Vegas Lowes on September 3, 10. We talked about my yard and my husband being in the landscaping business. We would like to know when this segment might be aired, and by the way, he said he wouldn’t mind if you checked out our yard the next time you’re in the area! Vivian

  61. Howdy Ahmad, how about coming down to Texas. We desperately need help in our back yard. We would love to be crashed..LOL…
    Corpus Christi, TX

  62. Hello Ahmed,
    We seem to be all alone in the east coast when it comes to landscapers. It seems in the military, I only get to see the weeds grow after being gone overseas. We bought a new home and haven’t been able to do anything to the backyard. So, please come and work your magic to a blank canvas. I’m not above myself to try a bribe….besides all the great history of the old south.
    Watcha think, ya’al come and see us, ya hear.

  63. Hello Ahmed, i always watch your show, and its great what you do. im in real need to fix my yard this year ,reason is this i have tried so hard to do it myself but cant seem to catch up with, my husband is a 911 first responder who has cancer, everyday its getting harder and harder, car rides are gettin harder, so to go out of our house is a strugle, we keep talking about when the nice days come ahead he can sit in the yard and get freash air. i picture so many things for him to do like a area where he can sit and watch the birds, or take little walks, read a book, just a place for him to enjoy and feel good, i really wish we could do this for him, we have always talked about doing the yard like a beach resorts, but our lives took a wrong turn, so if i could make just a little comfort in his life this would be one of them thats why im writing to you. sincerely, looking for comfort:}

  64. Will you come to the high desert in california and crash my yard?I have a half acre and it needs so much help

  65. Hi…can you give advice on how to resolve a swampy back yard? In the spring the run off from the hill behind the yard causes a ton of water to sit in our back yard. Before we build a new deck on our house, we’d like to take care of the water problem.
    Thanks…..

  66. I live in Odessa, Texas and wish you would make your way to west texas… We just built our home in May of 08, but due to many difficult situations in our lives, have been unable to work on our back yard… Shortly after we moved into our home, my husband became ill and hospitalized… We found out he has brain anyuersyms and just prior to that had major surgery for abdominal anyuersyms… He was doing well and continued to work for the next year or so… Then last year my dad became ill and diagnosed with Non-Hodkins T-cell Lymphoma and passed away June of 2010… Talk about hard few years…. Shortly there after, my husband became ill yet again… We found out he had blockage in the graft used to repair abdominal anyersyms, and had to have major surgery yet again… He is slowly recovering but is now on disability… He deserves to have the back yard he has always dreamed to have one day… He does what he can around the yard, but can’t do too much without his legs hurting keeping him from doing too much… He is an amazing husband, and only wish I could give him what he deserves… He so wants a pergola with a firepit, and cook out area… Please help!

  67. Just curious do you ever get over to Oregon for yard crashers? If you do let me know we could sure use your help in our yard. We purchased an older home on 1 acre and it seems like I can’t visualize how we should landscape this place. Maybe with your expertise we could at least have a starting point. Thanks

  68. Hello Ahmad, my name is Lucy and my mom watches your show on saturday mornings. We are originally from Chicago, and has been in Atlanta for about 20 years, My mom has been a widow for 6 years now and tries to find people to do the yard all the times always tells me that she wish she could do what my step dad did to the yard. I am a college student, and my mom has the dream of beautiful yard she was so use to concrete in Chicago now that we have the big yard she has no idea what to do, my stepfather made a rose bush and the tree that its growing on really needs to be cut my mom dont want to because of the memory it holds. Please come to atlanta and help my moms dream come true. That would not only make her happy that would make our house look soo much better its a lot of work my stepdad did not get a chance to complete. She gives so much to others and her birthday is April 19th, I would love if you could give her something for her birthday and make her smile because someone has done something as a surprise for her. I know its an expensive job, we have a decent size yard, I want to know their is hope and someone really loves her and care. Since my step dad did not finish she says LORD PLEASE BRING SOMEONE TO ME TO HELP ME TO FINISH THIS HOUSE. all the time. She loves to barbecue, and her barbeque grill is hanging on one leg in the grave and one leg barley making it on the patio, since I been born she has never used the brick barbeque grill, she loves to have people over I think that feels that void she has that is empty. PLEASE HELP

  69. I ENJOY WATCHING YOUR SHOW. I NEED HELP ORGANIZING MY HUSBANDS B-B-QUE PITS (5), GAS COOKERS (3), FIRE PIT, ALL THESE IN OUR BACKYARD, PLEASE HELP.

  70. Hey Ahmad,
    Love the show and wonder how we can get you down here to Seminole country. Tallahassee ia a beautiful place and our yard needs that special touch that only you can provide. Come on down and we can catch a ‘Noles game at Bobby Bowden field.

    Sincerely,
    Niki and John Joyce

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