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Nonselective Herbicides

Gardeners who want to manage unruly weeds can choose from a number of treatment options, including nonselective herbicides.

Nonselective herbicides contain active ingredients like glyphosate or glufosinate that will kill any plants they come in contact with. They can be used to spot-treat weeds in lawns or beds, and can be helpful when you're renovating a lawn or creating a new landscape bed.

Glyphosate and glufosinate won't persist in the soil, but some nonselective herbicides will, meaning that they'll continue to inhibit plant growth long after you spray. Don't use these persistent forms in areas where you want to put new plants.

Always be sure to read the product label and follow all recommendations for application, disposal, and storage.


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