Don't Be Too Tidy
Give yourself and your landscapers a break, and your yard will reward you with vitality!
Leave the leaves. Right now, butterflies and bees are nestled under fallen leaves for winter, and won't emerge til it's consistently warmer. Plus, dead leaves enrich your soil as (free!) mulch.
Save dead plant stems. Butterfly chrysalides cling to them, and certain bees nest in hollow stems. Leave stems in place until late May; or if you must cut them, carefully pile them in a less visible corner.
Hang on until tomato time. In our area, Xerces Society advises, "Some bees don’t emerge until late May, so the longer you can tolerate your 'messy' garden, the better." As you would with tomato planting, wait until temps are reliably in the 50s before removing stems and relocating leaves to other parts of your yard.