The Triangle’s strong economy could prove to be both a boon and bother for area businesses hoping to hire seasonal workers this year.

Local garden centers, landscaping businesses and big box retailers are all on the hunt for full-time and part-time workers for the spring and summer, with many saying they plan to hire on more people than in recent years. But some local economists says it might be harder than usual to find employees because of the increased competition and the area’s low unemployment rate.