Our lawn is brand new this year, which means LOTS of watering. Thankfully, so far we've had enough rain that we've only had to water a few times. We have a small stream that runs on the northern side of our property. The "stream" is made purely because the farmer across the road got tired of his fields flooding and convinced the town/state to put a culvert under the road and just dump the water onto our property. Wonderful!
So since its not a "natural" stream, we have no problems damming it up for our own use! :-) Some water still does leak through and when the water level is over a certain amount, it flows through a pipe and goes down hill anyway. Here's what our dam looks like:
We've also used this to water our garden so far, which is pretty handy. Eventually, we think we'll be able to run a soaker hose to the garden and just hook it up when we need to water. However, at this point, we're going to wait to see how much water/rain we get in a summer and whether this area will completely dry up or not. If it dries up a lot, then there's no point in investing in more hoses and such to water the plants.
And because I feel like this post needs some color to it....
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations