Do Tin Strips Really Keep Deer Out of the Garden?

Do Tin Strips Really Keep Deer Out of the Garden?

Caroline
Sep 24, 2008

OK, flipping through the October issue of W magazine we came across an article on Helmut Lang that had a few background photos of his 1790 restored farmhouse in East Hampton. When we read the caption under this photo "The organic garden with strips of tin foil to keep deer away in front of Lang's farmhouse", we did a double take. Is tin foil a deer repellent? Has anyone heard of this before?...

Our neighbor swears by "Fish Oil" which he dilutes with water and sprays on his garden but the smell is intense (and not in a good way — we understand why the deer stay away). If tin strips are a safe, non-smelly alternative to fish oil then we are certainly intrigued. A quick internet search pulls up very little information. If anyone knows if this works or has a proven alternative we would love to hear about it.

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