"For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches"
Spring begins a season of pruning, where the objective is to produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's guide, How to Prune Trees there are several reasons for pruning: safety, health, aesthetics, stimulating fruit production, and increasing value. I suggest that much like plants and trees, we too need a pruning season.
Reasons for Pruning