Magnolia tree, fertilization. Can I use 12-12-12
The tree was recently trimmed by so called experts. Next spring tree looked bad and lost leaves early
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The poor appearance and leaf loss may or may not be due to the pruning. Excessive crown reduction and/or thinning, removal of more than 25% of the foliage, can be stressful and it takes time to recover.
You can use a 12-12-12 chemical fertilizer, but for the best for your tree, I would prefer if it were a high quality product like this, with organic materials and controlled release nutrients and a full range of major and minor nutrients.
Another organic all purpose fertilizer that is widely available: https://www.domyown.com/dr-earth-organic-all-purpose-fertilizer-p-9485.html