Leave Them Be
There’s no need to cut down everything in your garden. Leave any seed bearing perennials, like Black Eyed Susans and Echinacea since they provide food for birds and add colour. Climbers like clematis should be cut back or fastened down. Dormant plants won’t need any mulching but your rose bushes should be mulched. Remove any brown or mushy leaves from hostas, peonies and other large-leaf plants to cut back on slugs.