Originally Posted By: Pirate
Like Barney Fife said..nip it ..nip it in the bud

It actually goes to Kate's HortiSculpture link

"Nipping it in the bub"
is a horticultural term...
...a method of pruning...

BUD a small axillary or terminal protuberance
on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf
bud) the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud)
or both (mixed bud).

When shaping a plant, or forcing it to grow in a
preferred direction, or to improve some fruiting
bodies by limiting others, the easiest method is
to determine which to keep, & which to remove..
often, the earlier in the development the better..
..since the longer the task is neglected, the more
difficult to becomes to manage.

The EASIEST way is to simply reach in and NIP
off the BUD with your fingernails.

If not, then you'll require pruning shears...
worse still, as the twig develops into a branch,
LOPPERS! or A Pruning Saw now that your lazy
arse has allowed it to grow into a big old branch!

Worse case scenario...now you went and allowed it
to develope into a LIMB! NOW You're UP There ...
at the Top of a Ladder..
all yer drunk buddies there pointin' & a'laffin'!
(.....sumpthin' about "O-BARMA-CARE"!.....)

...by the time you're hacking away at limbs...
it's next to impossible to maintain a desirable
shape... worse still, it's increasingly difficult for
the plant to deal with from a survival standpoint...
since large open wounds are an OPEN INVITATION
To Fungus & Disease if not done properly.

"Nip it in the bud"! ...SILLY WABBIT!