Canada Thistle is about to bloom, or may have already in your yard or neighboring forested areas.
This is a noxious weed in Ohio, non-native to our Northeast Ohio area.
The best, natural way to remove this weed is to pull it out close to the root, dig up the root and put all components of the weed into a trash bag and dispose.
This method helps to keep the seeds and roots from spreading. Don’t forget to wear tough leather gloves, they are very prickly!