Here is what it looked like before:
another after shot:
Before from a different angle:
Since this flower bed was small and didn't take all that long to weed and lay down the mulch, I was also able to plant some bushes in the front flower bed to replace the dead ones that were dug out.
Here's a before shot of the flower beds with the bushes still alive, after we just moved in about five years ago:
The two bushes on the ends grew twice as tall and started leaning over the sidewalk. Finally they died after one was ripped out of the ground during a storm.
Here is how it looked after we dug them out:
I bought a little, and I do mean little, Dwarf Albeta Spruce tree. I didn't want anything that was going to grow 6 feet tall like the last tree since I didn't want it to lean toward the sidewalk again. It was only $3.98 at Lowes.
Can you even see them planted in the after shot below?
Now all I have to do are some finishing touches like weeding again, and putting on a final top layer of mulch everywhere since I do have a lot of mulch left. Then I'll be back with the big reveal.