will apple or cherry trees attract rats?
I live in Brooklyn, NY, in a neighborhood with heavy rat activity. I have just managed to evict the little monsters from my house. I can tell, however, that there are active paths and holes in my yard, so I want to continue discouraging them.
I am thinking about replacing an old apple tree in my yard (which produces neither flowers nor apples), and would like to have something flowering there, like a crabapple or cherry; but I am concerned that the rats would have a field day with the fruit. (They are Norway rats, not roof rats, so it would be the fallen fruit that they'd get after in all likelihood.)
What are people's experiences with these kinds of fruit? I know rats love citrus, but citrus isn't gonna grow in my yard anyway.