My street-side bed has a good covering of mulch but by the end of winter all you can see is sand, salt and street grit that has accumulated from repeated dumpings by the city snowplows. What looks whitish in these photos is the residue after the snow melts.
Saturday was sunny with temps that were nice enough that I went out to try to clear the grit off of this bed before it rains this week. I began with three different rakes (top photo), two orange traffic cones to alert drivers that I was working in the street, a bag of chopped leaves, and my pruners and kneeling pad. I really don't want any more of that nasty residue sinking into the garden soil that I can manage to avoid. So I raked off the messes, roughly re-edged the bed at the curb and then put down three big bags of chopped leaves.