A: You should prune in the winter when the plants are dormant. Depending on the harshness of the weather, it is safer to do it in January rather than in earlier months. Bear in mind, next year's harvest might be slightly less.
A: Sound like it coul be Shothole Borers. We'd suggest you get an arborist to take a look at it to see exactly how much infestation you have. Also, there is usually something else that has weakened the tree before they attack. Here's an extension link that should provide more information:
We would recommend you wait until the fall to plant. Although the trees may survive this spring, our summers can be extremely hot and dry. They would require a lot of hand watering. Fall is an optimum time to plant them because it gives them time to establish their root systems before the winter sets in.
A: Both can be pruned in late winter while they are dormant. Figs need very little pruning mainly to eliminate dead wood and to have an open canopy for sunlight.
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