I’M ARMED WITH A RAKE, yes, but also with a broom for spring cleanup (and in fall both get a constant workout, too). But not just any broom will do for bringing order to hard surfaces like walkways, the patio, porches, and even the cement floors of barn and shed.
Inevitably, there is not just soil and grit to brush aside, but also moisture on outdoor surfaces. Traditional corn-fiber brooms can take a beating after repeated damp duty. See what I mean?
The broom that has never given up here is not made of natural fibers, but of stiff, thick polypropylene “bristles.” It’s by Casabella, and called its Outdoor All Surface Broom. Despite vigorous and prolonged use over many years I have barely damaged a single one, and the broom is still perfectly crisply shaped. Bonus: The bristles can be washed if they get muddy, as they usually do.
About $21 plus tax, including shipping, via Amazon (affiliate link), or Casabella; about $16 if you can find it at a home store and carry it home. The current version has a snappy orange band around the bristles (above), not black-on-gray like my old faithful version (top of page).