Scoop vs. Sweep

January 9, 2011


As Gretchen said yesterday, Nebraskans often say ‘scoop’ when it comes to snow removal. I thought that I often said ‘shovel’, but I see after yesterday’s post that I’ve gone completely native. *sigh*

Let’s talk snow removal. We used to have two shovels – a scooper with a bent handle and then the kind that you just push the snow ahead of you while making bulldozer noises. (That’s not just me, is it?) I broke the scoopy one last winter, but that’s alright with me – I like to sweep!

They have them at Wal-Mart.

Push brooms are awesome to use for light, dry snow. They just glide over the pavement taking that pesky snow with it like so many brilliant, white dust bunnies. Brooms are kind of useless for wet snow, unless there is less than an inch of it.

I think the reason it’s so much easier for me to use is that when I come to a crack in the sidewalk when I use the push shovel, it gets caught and jangles my arms. Brooms? They glide smoothly over every imperfection.

It's a nighttime shot.

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7 Responses to “Scoop vs. Sweep”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I use a push broom for light snow, too. But I didn’t get it from Wal-Mart.


  2. Gretchen Said on:

    It snows so infrequently here that our “snow shovel” is actually a manure shovel that we bought at the feed store. Walmart didn’t have any snow shovels. However, our world is changing very soon -- we found out on Friday that we are moving to Germany -- in 2 months. I’ll let you know if they “sccop” or “shovel” or “sweep” there. Someone told me they just have electrical lines run under the streets/sidewalks so it all just melts away.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Our neighbor “plows” his snow.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    We scoop and sweep around here. It’s mostly scoop, though.


  5. Karla Said on:

    Arron scoops (he’s from Iowa); I shovel (but I really try not to).


  6. Lauren Said on:

    I would just like to share that the broom was zero help this morning when we had an additional 5 or 6 inches. It did get the snow off the car, though.


  7. Deborah Said on:

    We shovel. We have used the leaf blower, too, when the the snow is particularly light.


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