BOISE -- When the weather warms up each spring, local landscaping companies see an increase in business.
"When it's nice and people are spending Saturday out in their yard, then it's just on their mind and we tend to have the phones ring a little bit more," said Mitch Hintze, senior account manager at Cutting Edge Landscape.
Hintze says there's a lot of construction and growth happening in the Treasure Valley right now and that's keeping his crews busy.
"We will hit our peak hiring portion of the year probably in about a week or 10 days," he said.
Cutting Edge does a lot of commercial landscape work. On any given day in April, they have 20 crews fanned out across the area working on projects.
On Wednesday afternoon, landscapers were cutting down trees and doing demolition work at Eagle Marketplace.
Owners hired Cutting Edge to increase visibility for the tenants in the commercial complex. In just a few weeks, new trees will be planted and a berm on the outer edge of the property will be lowered and reshaped.
"It's a very significant overhaul," said Landscape Construction General Manager Clyde Lingo.
Lingo told KTVB he's noticed an overall trend of increased investment in landscaping.
"Over the last couple of years there's been a significant uptick in how much the owners are spending on their property," he said.
It was a different story in years past.
"Back in 2006 and 2007 kind of when the bubble burst we saw budgets kind of shy back," added Hintze.
But so far this year, business is good.
A new survey released by Bankrate.com says 36 million homeowners plan to renovate their homes sometime in the next 12 months. The most popular changes? Yard renovations such as driveways, decks, patios and other landscape enhancements.
The trend applies to property managers, too.
For example, landscapers were brought in to re-vamp the look of the Whitewater Park Apartments in Boise. Cutting Edge started work on the project in 2014.
"It's your home," said Senior Community Manager Summer Hazen. "You want to take pride in your community and as an owner we want to take pride in that as well."
That's why people who drive into the apartment complex are greeted by flowers, manicured lawns and a new water feature. Managers say it makes a big difference when potential tenants come to tour the apartments.
"We just really freshened up the property which is very important to us as owners of a community because it's the first thing that anyone sees," added Hazen.
Landscapers say although they are busiest when the weather gets warmer, planning and site work happens year round.