I've recently purchased a house that has a rather large fig tree next to a two-story garage. It's gotten a bit unruly as you can see from this photo:
I've read that fig trees should be pruned in the winter, which is just starting here. (Well, as much as winter ever starts in southern California.) I've seen useful tips such as removing deadwood, suckers and secondary branches, but I haven't found any suggestions for reducing the height of the tree. I love the shade, but not the branches that are reaching above my garage. It just seems like a recipe for roof damage the next time we get strong winds.
I see figs aren't especially bothered by pruning, so my concern is less about harming the tree and more about how to reduce the overall size without losing too much of the shade or aesthetics. I should note that the garage already shades quite a bit of the yard since it is to the south. Also the main trunk was topped at about 10 feet, so most of the height is from two very long vertical branches.
On the one hand, I could cut the branches fairly high up so they are just below the level of the roof. On the other, it seems like it might be alright to do a more drastic pruning to make the tree shorter and more spread out. Or should I start small and prune more each year until I have the tree size that I'm looking for? What should I be aware of as I prune my fig?