A Rain Barrel – Not the Children’s Song

A Rain Barrel – Not the Children’s Song

Rain Barrels have been around almost as long as gardeners and farmers realized the advantage to collecting the natural supply of water running off a rooftop. This water source, usually lost to runoff and these days diverted to storm drains, are the best source of...
How Deep is Your Mulch?

How Deep is Your Mulch?

One frequent  landscaping  mistake is using too much or too little mulch or not remembering to mulch both in the spring and the fall. Mulch depth is determined by the type of material used. The general rule is that 1-4 inches is the maximum depth. The goal is to allow...
Tim Smith Celebrates 48 Years at Smith Family Businesses

Tim Smith Celebrates 48 Years at Smith Family Businesses

Tim Smith recently celebrated his 48th year work anniversary at Moss Sawmills, a sister company to Honest Abe Log Homes, GF Hardwoods and Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Mix. Tim was honored by his fellow workers with a catered lunch, gifts and time to tell stories.  “Tim...
A Swale Can Be Swell!

A Swale Can Be Swell!

Why would you need a Swale? Landscapes often develop natural depressed areas that are channeling out as rainfall finds its way down slopes. Sometimes the natural water paths are in inconvenient areas and sometimes they create unwanted areas of erosion. In addition,...
50 Year Celebration Set for Oct. 27 at Moss

50 Year Celebration Set for Oct. 27 at Moss

A Clay County family business is celebrating 50 years of entrepreneurship in 2018 with a special public event on Oct. 27. “It has been 50 years since my dad started manufacturing mop and broom handles in 1968,” said April Smith Patterson, daughter of the late Doug...
Oct. 19 & 20 Southern Marketplace Barn Sale

Oct. 19 & 20 Southern Marketplace Barn Sale

Barky Beaver In conjunction with the Fall Barn Sale at A Southern Marketplace on Acres of Grace Farms, on Friday, Oct. 19, Barky Beaver Mulch and Soils is welcoming guests to stop at the office and plan to meet the staff and learn more about the company’s 100% natural...
Healthier Tennessee Soil Donation

Healthier Tennessee Soil Donation

Barky Beaver donated soil for an important program in our home of Clay County, Tennessee. Our parent company’s Wellness Committee representatives Inez Price of Honest Abe Log Homes and Mary Pennington of Barky Beaver are  members of the “Healthier...
UT Gardens Symphony of Peonies Gala

UT Gardens Symphony of Peonies Gala

Barky Beaver provided landscaping for a very special event. UT Gardens Gala held its fourth annual fundraising event to benefit the academic and educational programs of UT Gardens on April 29 in Knoxville. The event, which took place in the UT Gardens’ Friendship...
An Invitation to Moss in May

An Invitation to Moss in May

      There’s a lot going on in Moss, Tennessee, in May and we’re encouraging you to go ahead and mark your calendars so you won’t miss anything.      On May 18 and 19 my wife and I are opening our farm to the public. Some of our barns have been transformed into...
Kiln Dried Savings In Bags or Bulk

Kiln Dried Savings In Bags or Bulk

Kiln Dried White Pine Shavings benefits are numerous. They have that wonderful smell of every pet shop you’ve ever entered or almost any woodworking shop you’ve stepped into. As children we all wished that every kitten, puppy, hamster, rabbit, guinea pig or other warm...
Quality Is Expected from Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Products

Quality Is Expected from Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Products

Barky Beaver manufactures products that are 100% natural and are sold by the bag or in bulk. Our products may be purchased directly from our Moss facility, our Algood location or from any of our dealers. Barky Beaver is a family-owned company that has operated for...
Raise Money with Barky Beaver Fundraising

Raise Money with Barky Beaver Fundraising

Why Choose a Big Bucks Barky Beaver Fundraising Program? Tired of selling popcorn, candy and novelty items that people really don’t want to buy? Wouldn’t you like to sell something that people would love to buy…and MAKE BIG BUCKS? If so, the Barky Beaver Fundraising...
Barn Sale Set for May near Barky Beaver

Barn Sale Set for May near Barky Beaver

A Southern Marketplace is a 2-day barn sale full of fun, uncommon finds coupled with an experience you’re sure to enjoy. This is the first year we have hosted a Barn Sale on our farm, Acres of Grace Farms, in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Our farm is a true working...
Lower Prices for Our Same High-Quality Kiln-Dried Pine Shavings

Lower Prices for Our Same High-Quality Kiln-Dried Pine Shavings

Barky Beaver is pleased to announce that we are now offering lower prices on our kiln-dried white pine shavings. These are the perfect bedding for barns, stalls, kennels, etc. A bale contains approximately 7 cubic feet. A bulk order contains approximately 100 cubic...
Cellular Grassed Paving is a Natural Landscaping Option

Cellular Grassed Paving is a Natural Landscaping Option

What is Cellular Grassed Paving? Occasionally confused with pre-cast blocks, cellular grassed paving is in fact a cast on-site cellular reinforced concrete system with voids created by fiber pulp or plastic void formers. Why are we telling you about this product?...
Fall Back and Check Out!

Fall Back and Check Out!

On the first Sunday in November, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. With winter on the way, it’s a good time for a seasonal home checklist! As you circle the house, resetting clocks to Standard Time, make time for this short...
Innovations at Barky Beaver Benefit Customers

Innovations at Barky Beaver Benefit Customers

Our 2018 season here at Barky Beaver started a little earlier than is has in the past few years, which we hope that some of our innovations will translate into wonderful things for our customers as well.  We wanted to make all of you aware of some exciting...
Mulch Mary’s Journal

Mulch Mary’s Journal

Mum’s the Word from Mulch Mary of Barky Beaver How do you make fall mums last throughout the season? How do you use mums in landscaping? Mulch Mary knows! PLANTING TIPS: Plant young plants in sunny location (at least a half-day of sun). Plant in...
New Shops Opened by Barky Beaver in Cookeville Area

New Shops Opened by Barky Beaver in Cookeville Area

Legacy of Entrepreneurship and Love of Shopping Inspire Investment in The Mill Storehouse in Cookeville Area By Claudia Johnson Special to the Upper Cumberland Business Journal An Upper Cumberland business owner’s love affair with shopping was the impetus for opening...
LGI Farms Set to Sell Locally Grown Plants at Barn Sale

LGI Farms Set to Sell Locally Grown Plants at Barn Sale

LGI Farms is a small family owned farming operation located in Moss, TN. LGI Farms was established by James Matthew and Amanda Craighead in 2011. LGI Farms stands for Learn, Grow and Inspire. LGI Farms will be selling beautiful flowers, vegetables and more at A...
Barky Beaver Attends FFA Convention

Barky Beaver Attends FFA Convention

The 90th Tennessee FFA Convention was held on March 25-28, 2018 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Barky Beaver was there to educate more than 3,000 young people from across Tennessee about our innovations in soil, mulch, chimp and other...
Savor the Flavor Hosted by Pattersons

Savor the Flavor Hosted by Pattersons

Nick & April Patterson of Acres of Grace Farms in Red Boiling Springs are hosting “Savor the Flavor,” a fundraising event for the BEEFoundation on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The fundraiser includes a local Farm to Table Dinner, Unique Handcrafted Marketplace, Corn...
Take Charge of Your Water with a Rain Garden

Take Charge of Your Water with a Rain Garden

A Rain Garden is a landscape depression that can be filled with moisture-loving plants. Hidden beneath the pretty plants is a natural storm water treatment system that allows 30% more water to infiltrate into the ground. This reduces the amount of water from flowing...
  New Equipment, New and Better Products for 2019

  New Equipment, New and Better Products for 2019

Our business at Barky Beaver is one that requires lots of rolling stock and equipment to process materials, create mulches and get it delivered to our customers. Tub Grinders   The tub grinders that we use on a daily basis were purchased nearly 20 years ago. The fact...
Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show in Cookeville March 1-3

Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show in Cookeville March 1-3

Get ready for Spring at the Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show, March 1-3 at the Hyder Burks Pavilion in Cookeville. Honest Abe Log Homes and Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Mix will have a booth at the show. See the latest trends for home building, remodeling,...
50 Years Celebrated by Barky Beaver’s Parent Company

50 Years Celebrated by Barky Beaver’s Parent Company

The Smith Companies, based in Moss, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 27 with a community event attended by more than 200. “My heart was so full seeing so many people from our community and our employees, past and present, come out for this event,” said April...

50th Anniversary Proclamation

P R O C L A M A T I O NWHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this legislative body should recognize and commend those exemplary businesses that, through an abiding commitment to excellence, have contributed greatly to this State for many years; andWHEREAS, Smith...

Smith Family Traditions

Download Smith Family Traditions, the 50th Anniversary commemorative magazine compiled in 2018 to celebrate the heritage and legacy of the Clay County-based businesses operated by the family of Doug Smith....
The History of Barky Beaver

The History of Barky Beaver

By Mary Pennington, VP Marketing, Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Mix The mulch company that is now Barky Beaver began in 1984 as a division of Green Forest Wood Products. Doug Smith saw a need for mulch and recognized it as a great way to diversify the company. Before...

History of Our Parent Company

In honor of the Smith Companies’ 50th Anniversary, Shane Smith takes a look at the progress of the companies. Smith Companies’ Development Over 50 Years By Shane Smith, co-owner     History Pa Smith (Lemuel Smith, Dad’s father) was a sawyer and sawed...

President Emeritus Awards

The Latin word “emeritus” is defined as “having served one’s time” or “having merited one’s discharge by service.” In current usage, it is a postpositive adjective used to designate a retired professor, bishop, president, prime minister...
The History of Barky Beaver

The History of Barky Beaver

By Mary Pennington, VP Marketing, Barky Beaver Mulch and Soil Mix The mulch company that is now Barky Beaver began in 1984 as a division of Green Forest Wood Products. Doug Smith saw a need for mulch and recognized it as a great way to diversify the company. Before...
Barky Beaver Pine Shavings Featured in Fair Show Ring

Barky Beaver Pine Shavings Featured in Fair Show Ring

Barky Beaver’s pine shavings were used in the agricultural buildings and show rings in the Putnam County Fair in Cookeville, Tennessee, for the 10-day 2018 event. Barky Beaver was proud to provide shavings in support of the regional fair that draws tens of...
Doug Smith Memorial 5K Walk/Run

Doug Smith Memorial 5K Walk/Run

The life of Clay County entrepreneur Doug Smith will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 29, with when friends, family and community members gather at Dale Hollow Dam Park (Celina, TN) at Pavilion below the Dam 200 Campground Road, Celina, TN 38551 for The Doug Smith...
Barky Beaver Participates Tennessee Green Industry Field Day

Barky Beaver Participates Tennessee Green Industry Field Day

Barky Beaver was among the landscape professionals, growers and nursery suppliers at the 2018 Tennessee Green Industry Field Day on June 26 in Knoxville. Barky Beaver products were used in some of the exhibits. With a full day of informational sessions, attendees...

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