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The best outdoor light timers to manage your property lighting

Don’t feel like you need to brave harsh weather or risk electrocution to turn your outdoor lights on and off. Remote controls and smart apps help you control your outdoor lighting from inside. Timers are weatherproof and stay strong in harsh climates.

You may love the look of outdoor and seasonal lights on your home, but you don’t love the installation and maintenance process. These lighting products enable you to set up times for the lights to turn on and off at dusk or dawn or the time intervals you want. Some options include remote controls, and others come apps so you can manage your lights without moving.

Dewebwils Outdoor Light Sensor Timer

Best Overall

The dual 3-prong outlet and remote control help you manage lighting your outdoor devices at the times you want. You can set them to go on or off at dusk to dawn or after intervals of two, four, six, or eight hours. The wireless remote control helps you turn your lights off and on from anywhere in your house to outside. You can plug two appliances into the timer at the same time; for example, if you want Christmas and holiday lights to shine. The sensor timer is weatherproof with a heavy-duty and durable design to protect your systems inside and outside. It comes with an extension cord and battery for the remote control.

BN-Link Outdoor Timer

Best Remote Controlled

This outdoor lighting timer has photocell sensing technologies to turn your lights on and off automatically. It remains waterproof as long as you use it at least 2 feet off the ground. It comes with three grounded outlets so you can install three sets of lights at once.

Choose when you want your lights to turn on and off at the time intervals you want—whether it's 2-hour, 4-hour, 6-hour, or 8-hour intervals, at dusk or dawn. Use the remote control to control the timer. The remote can operate up to 100 feet, so you don't have to go outside in bad weather to manage your lighting preferences.

Tonbux Outdoor Smart Plug

Best Multi-socket

This 3-outlet Smart WiFi Outdoor Plug helps you manage your outdoor lights without moving an inch. It comes in IP44 housing material to withstand debris and water—just don't immerse the case. The Tonbux outdoor smart plug can be controlled using voice commands via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Download the Smart Life App and use the app to set timers when you want to turn your lights on and off. This Smart Plug can work with iOS and Android devices, but can only support 2.4GH WiFi.

Vavofo Outdoor Smart Plug

Best Smart

Use this Smart Plug to switch your outdoor electrical devices on and off by downloading the Smart Life app on your smartphone. The Smart App helps you schedule each device connected to the VAVOFO Smart Outdoor Plug to turn on and off at times, you decide. The plug itself works with a secured 2.4 GHz WiFi network with a range of up to 300 feet. Use voice commands with Alexa and Google Assistant for convenient control. The outdoor plug has an IP64 rating to protect your device from outer dirt and water.

These outdoor light sensors ease the burden of deciding when and how you want to light certain areas of your property. To activate them, all you need to do is a flick of your wrist on a remote, a finger swipe on an app, or a voice command. Now you can put away that ladder!

Could electrogardening be the way of the future?
What you need to know about the electrogardening method
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Every year, new scientific advances are being made to help improve our lives, but unless you’re actively seeking out these studies, it can be hard to keep track of them. One new development you may have missed is electrogardening. Studies into how we can use electricity in gardening have been ongoing for years -- with shocking results! In this guide, we’ll break down what this new science is, how it works, and what it could mean for you and your garden.

What is electrogardening?
The electrogardening gardening method, sometimes also called electroculture, uses electricity to promote healthy plant growth. This can be done by electrifying the plant, water, or soil directly, but it can also involve creating an electromagnetic field around the plant.

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Grow your indoor or outdoor garden and support these Black-owned plant shops for Black History Month
Get your next leafy friend from one of these Black-owned companies
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If you're a plant parent, you buy your supplies and new baby plants from somewhere. So, instead of the chain stores, consider supporting Black-owned plant shops to get your leafy friends everything they need to thrive. Check out any of these Black-owned companies to find your next plant addition no matter where you are, because every one of these businesses ships all over the U.S.

Grounded
Mignon Hemsley and Danuelle Doswell started this beautiful plant company in 2020 to help create a calmer space in homes through the addition of greenery. If you have no idea where to start, Grounded offers complimentary 15-minute consultations to get you going. It has a subscription option for the more adventurous plant parent, and if you have fur babies at home, look at their pet-safe options so you won't have to worry about a curious nose.
Crazy Plant Bae
From plants to planters to a subscription box, Crazy Plant Bae has a little of everything. No matter how green your thumb is, you'll find something to fit your budget and space. Get the kids involved in gardening and sign them up for one of the workshops, or have them visit your child in their classroom. But the best part about this company is that it's a Black women-run business with its third generation of family members, and it has over 40 years of service at your disposal.
deVINE Plantery
If you want easy-to-care-for plants without a lot of fuss, or more unique plants, check out deVINE Plantery. This Black woman-owned company has adorable plants, fun accessories, stunning art pieces, and a few other gift ideas. Need help styling the plants in your home, want a consultation about what plants to get, or want to take a gardening class? This business offers all of that and more.
De La Fleur Designs
If you want only flowers for your space with a lot of color and beauty, then De La Fleur Designs is where you should look. It doesn't just put together any ordinary bouquet. Owner Daphne oozes the sophistication and elegance you'll see in whichever arrangement you choose. Whether you need a sympathy arrangement, wedding flowers, or want to sign yourself up for a monthly bouquet delivery subscription, De La Fleur will take care of it all.
The Plant Project
The first Black woman-owned plant company in Texas, The Plant Project opened its doors in 2020 to bring the joy of all things leafy to the area. Plants with a pop of color, herbs, plant accessories, and even a plant self-care set are all on the menu. Or visit one of its four locations to get the full in-person experience of a plant shop and see how amazingly beautiful the inside of its stores are.

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Do you live in climate zone 2? Here’s what you need to know
Grow these plants and flowers for a lively garden in climate zone 2
American cranberry branch with many berries in the sun

Climate zone 2 plants face some of the coldest winters in the United States, making gardening a challenge. In this region, temperatures drop well below 0, resulting in harsh freezes that damage plants. It’s not impossible to foster a healthy garden here, however. Zone 2 gardeners often grow annuals, start plants indoors, and implement overwintering measures, such as mulch and cold frames throughout the year.

There are also cold-hardy plants that can grow and even thrive in zone 2's cold weather. If you reside in climate zone 2, here’s what you need to know about what you can grow there and how to do it.

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