My name's Jordan, and I'm new to this forum and gardening in general. My girlfriend and I moved into a new house in Conway, Arkansas, in December of last year, and we inherited a large, but very neglected garden. Our estimate is that it hasn't been touched in about 5 years, could be longer (or shorter, we just don't know). It's been over run with weeds and honestly looks like a set from the "Walking Dead." Whoever built the garden initially spent a lot of time putting it together, and our landlord said he basically lived off it, and I believe it. It's a shame that it's gotten this bad.
The best part of the garden is there are two medium sized fig trees that are still alive and kicking. However, they aren't 100% healthy. There are lots of dead branches on them, and there are weeds surrounding it. On one of them a huge rose bush was about half way up it. I've trimmed that rose bush down though. I want to prune it, becuase I know it's wasting a lot of energy trying to support all of these unnecessary branches, but I have no idea where to begin. I need to do it soon though because Spring is right around the corner. We have had a mild winter here, so I'm also afraid that it never had the chance to go into a dormant state.
I'm attaching some picutres of the trees. Any advice would be welcomed. I'm particularly interested in how to prune and how much to cut off, what I should remove, what if any plants should be growing around the tree, etc etc.