The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) have announced its ‘Connected Yard’ platform, introducing the Internet of Things to the garden.

Unveiled at the 2016 SXSW Interactive festival, the open-source platform includes the ‘Gro’ application, which takes recent weather and rainfall patterns and information on soil types to give recommendations on plants that will likely succeed at a location in a given season.

The software can also connect with hardware developed by sensor and water controller manufacturing partners to provide more detailed information of garden conditions.

These technologies enable close monitoring and control of watering levels, adjusting for the soil’s moisture content and forecast weather.

SMG is currently seeking to align with companies and start-ups in the smart water and gardening spaces to connect into its software platform.