Glad I could add some humor to this site! Big Foot, the pump is pimping away! And I now have an adult beverage, life is good. Beautiful day and another tomorrow. Ready to put the boat back in as the lake comes up.
Coming from a family of Master Gardeners - I have always said you should wait (planting, priming your pump, etc) until the Irises have bloomed. It rarely freezes after that. But, it is SO tempting to start digging NOW!
I am not sure about hard freezes and when the danger of us having one ends but for last frost tax day, April 15th is the the safe time. That's when I transfer plants back outside for the season. I don't think we are in any danger of a hard freeze this season. The ten day for cast has no indication of any freeze for us and that takes us through the ides of March and then a hard freeze is very unlikely. And yes I know the biggest snow storm we've ever seen was on March 13th, but even then we didn't get a hard freeze that would have damaged a pump.