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Q In Dennis Quaid’s The Rookie, folks ring a baseball field with human hair (collected from a barbershop floor) to ward off the deer that keep eating the grass seedlings. The human scent is supposed to do the trick, but would the clippings really cut it?

A Hair today, deer tomorrow. ”There’s certainly no scientific data, or even any anecdotal information, that it works,” bemoans Janet Marinelli, a gardening expert at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. ”But we’ll try anything, we’re so desperate.” So how do you keep fawns from preying on your petunias? Marinelli suggests a 10-foot fence.