My Fig tree is about 6 years old. We have moved in earlier this year. The tree is only 1. 8m tall. I have given it a lot of compost and it seems to be doing better but the leaves are very curly but have lots of fruit. I am worried that leaves are not “happy.” Am I missing something? I have not tested the soil, but it is clay and very hard. I water the tree twice a week and maybe over weekends as well.
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It is likely the clay, hard soil that is causing the problem. With an established tree, your only option for improving the soil is to use a lasagna method to incorporate compost. Every month of so, spread a 3cm layer of compost around the tree, as far as the canopy of the tree extends. Over time, these layers (hence lasagna method) will work their way into the soil to soften it. Your local garden center may also carry a soil conditioner that may help as well.
Do you mean you moved the tree earlier this year? That could explain a certain amount of stress and problems. Often in moving trees many of the small feeder roots, which may be a couple times the width of the foliage beyond the trunk, are left behind, and the tree has to grow new ones.
The height doesn't mean much, without knowing the mature size of the variety you have. However, curly leaves doesn't sound right. Deformed leaves are most often an indication of insects, usually aphids. These may be very tiny and hard to see on the undersides of the leaves. Examine closely; here's more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/homemade-aphid-control.htm
Working compost constantly into the soil is probably the best thing you could be doing. Here are some more ideas on improving clay soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/how-to-easily-improve-your-clay-soil.htm
Beyond that, double check your cultural practices, and improve if necessary: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/how-to-grow-figs.htm